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Facebook vs. Alex Jones: “Hate Cartoon”

Written by Gary North on October 30, 2012

We all know about hate speech. But what about hate cartoons like this one?

Alex Jones posted it.

I think it’s soft core. Al-CIA-Duh is more like it.

Facebook has threatened Jones with the shut-down of his account: over 321,000 readers.

Here is the story.

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Attempting to login to Alex Jones’ Facebook account, which has over 321,000 subscribers, Infowars staff were met with a message from Facebook denying access to the account until it was acknowledged that Facebook’s terms had been violated.

“We removed content you posted,” stated the message, underneath which was a black and white image of Osama Bin Laden with the words “Al-CIA-da” emblazoned across it. Facebook removed the image because it “violatesFacebook’s Statement of RIghts and Responsibilities.”

A secondary screen then warned that other infringing images should be removed if the account was to remain in good standing.

Since the image is not copyrighted, according to Facebook’s terms of agreement one can only assume that it was removed because it represented an example of “hate speech,” yet the picture was merely a commentary on the admitted fact that Osama Bin Laden was aided by the CIA during the cold war and that Al-Qaeda terrorists are now being supported by the Central Intelligence Agency in Syria and Libya. . . .

This is by no means the first time Facebook has shown its hostility towards those with alternative political viewpoints.

In September 2011, Infowars reporter Darrin McBreen was told by Facebook staff not to voice his political opinion on the social networking website.

Responding to comments McBreen had made about off-grid preppers being treated as criminals, the “Facebook Team” wrote, “Be careful making about making political statements on facebook,” adding, “Facebook is about building relationships not a platform for your political viewpoint. Don’t antagonize your base. Be careful and congnizat (sic) of what you are preaching.”

The spelling error contained in the email suggested that Facebook staff had specifically investigated McBreen’s political post and that he had not merely received a boilerplate message. . . .

Earlier this year, former Marine Brandon Raub was kidnapped from his home by police, FBI and Secret Service agents and forcibly incarcerated in a psychiatric ward by authorities in Virginia in response to Facebook posts which the FBI deemed “terrorist” in nature yet which were later dismissed by a judge.

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I am impressed that Jones has assembled 321,000+ readers on Facebook. It indicates that there are a lot of hard-core conservatives out there.

I don’t think that cartoon threatens anyone. The CIA is not going to have its budget cut because of a cartoon . . . or anything else, short of a deflationary collapse.

Facebook gets to do what it wants. It owns the service. But this sounds silly. Large corporations that have suffered huge stock price declines should avoid sounding silly.

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21 thoughts on “Facebook vs. Alex Jones: “Hate Cartoon”

  1. Its their site, get over it. Censorship only comes from the government. Alex jones can start his own site to say whatever he wants.

  2. The bad news for Brandon Raub is that since the government in Virginia acted on bahalf of the Federal government in putting him in a psychiatric hospital, he will now lose his right to bear arms. Under a VA law, people put into psychiatric hospitals no longer have that right.

  3. You might have had a point if Facebook hasn't shown itself to be flamingly liberal and rabidly anti conservative. They should allow both point of views. You cannot allow membership from libs and conservatives, yet deny half your base their right to voice an opinion.

  4. Sub Version says:

    The response to this is to create "many" clone accounts and make this type of censorship uneconomically feasible. This is a temporary roadblock if WE make it happen.

  5. Bob Marshall says:

    Very well said.

  6. Texas Chris says:

    "You cannot…" Actually, it's their property, they can do what they want. It doesn't have to be fair.

  7. Then he should move out of Virginia and shake the dust off his feet.

  8. Texas Chris says:

    He cannot lose his right to bear arms. It's a God-given right, not a government granted privileged. He needs to take them to court, will a million bucks, and force them to acknowledge his right.

  9. Texas Chris says:

    Yes. If Jones has over 300k fans, they need to be mobilized to send one message each to Facebook. The problem will solve itself.

  10. Well, my understandingis that the VA and other agencies are seeking to classify more and more veterans with PTSD so they can do just that – remove their rights and prevent them from purchasing fireams because they have been classified as deranged or unfit to purchase and own a firearm. They promise this veteran help nad in some cases cajol an pressure the vet to accept the classification so they can receive "the help". Then they are labelled. "Do you ever have headaches?" "Do you ever feel like just hitting something when you're frustrated?" "Did you lose any friends in combat and does it make you sad or maybe angry at times?" Questions like these, innocent as they may seem, have gotten too many of our heroes labelled as ENEMIES OF THE STATE whn they should be thanked for the service they've provided.

    And because of facebook's polices and slant, I refuse to subscribe – that's my vote. May God bless those in Sandy's path and these United States as well.

  11. Sharon Jeanguenat says:

    Yet they do nothing to people that post child pornography, or to those who threaten to assassinate Romney! I'm to the point of closing my FB account permanently, & not using them. I had an incident a couple of months ago, where they had charged $50 to my debit card, which I had NOT authorized, so my bank had me file a dispute form. I also contacted FB & told them of what had happened. After they got the dispute form, I got a nasty email from them telling me that if that happened again, to contact THEM first, & not my bank. I dislike them more & more each day. The ONLY reason I keep using them is because I have family that lives out of state, & I can keep in touch with them easier on FB.

  12. Hucklebuck says:

    Not to worry. This will be allowed after the election when it will look like a swipe at President Romney rather than Bambi.

  13. Deleted my FB account ages ago. If it's free, you're the product being sold.

  14. SumerianMan says:

    As much as I hate to admit it Chris – your right, it still doesn't make it fair when differing views are dicriminated against, as that action clouds the issue and dissallows freethinking, and isn't that what social networking is all about?, freethinking?, free speech?, the freedom to communicate same? So the thing to do is what I have done, as with airtravel, as with facebook, as with anything or system that denies our rights, freedoms, or priviledges as Americans, DON'T USE OR PATRONIZE THEM ! Time to take back our country from those who would try to stave off any of our freedoms or put us in political chains! BTW, I really meant to give you a thumbs up! sorry (:- (>

  15. SumerianMan says:

    Sorry Chris, this time your wrong, the Constitution of the United States or our Bill of Rights are no longer in effect, thanks to the previous Patriot Act, and the current 97 senators and this phony president. They died along with the America our fathers and forefathers fought and died for on New Years Eve 2011 with the signing of the National Defense Re-Authorization Act. Courtesy of: Obama and this entire congress and house, republican and democrat alike.

  16. Ronald. R. Johnson says:

    This nut is probably onenof Obama’s inclaimed sons!


  18. I never use Facebook. Frankly, I think if it isn't a totally-owned subsidiary of the CIA, they're missing a bet. I wouldn't post anything on that venue.

  19. The biggest hoot is the feds actually do intelligence gathering via social networks like FB. by Bow they know I am better looking than George Clooney and richer than Warren Buffet.

  20. It wouldn't be fair if someone hacked the facebook site and locked it down permanently now would it?

  21. AmericansRon2U says:

    Jones violates Facebook terms? So, what Facebook is saying then is that the puke who posted "Kill Mitt Romney" on Facebook is covered under their "terms" but Jones isn't? Facebook works for Obama…pure and simple.