Several days ago, the far-left social media Gestapo on Facebook removed a well-known Christian group’s Facebook page for speaking out against abortion and homosexuality. Apparently, doing so is in violation of their community standards because it’s “hateful and threatening.”
The policy against “hateful and threatening” abuse, however, appears to only apply to certain groups of people. This is because, prior to its removal, when the group received numerous death threats and hateful messages from LGBT activists, the platform did very little to stop the very obvious abuse. The onslaught occurred following their announcement that they’ll ban anyone who uses the rainbow flag emoji from the page
“We also take down Pages that attack an individual or group, or that are set up by an unauthorized individual,” they continued in the message. “If your Page was removed for any of the above reasons, it will not be reinstated,” they added, noting, “continued misuse of Facebook’s features could result in the permanent loss of your account.”
Unsurprisingly, Penkoski, who insists that the ministry has done nothing wrong, was completely outraged by Facebook’s decision to remove them from their site. “These are not violations of community standards,” he argued while speaking to reporters. “Facebook may not like it but it is not a violation of anything. It is not hurtful. It is not obscene. It’s not attacking. It’s not threatening. We are Christians. We don’t do that,” he continued.
“We specifically ask Facebook, what exact standards of yours did we violate? People have seen what has happened to us with the death threats and everything else. That’s actual hate speech — calling for the death of someone else. I don’t care who does it. If you are Christian or not, that is hate speech,” Penkoski added, noting, “we have never done anything close to that. In fact, we have stated emphatically that we don’t want harm to come to anybody, whether they agree with us or not. Our job is to preach the truth because we want people to live better lives.”
Sadly, Christians aren’t the only group of people being targeted by the social media Gestapo. They also appear to be going after conservatives as well.
For example, several days ago, former Sheriff David Clarke, a well-known Trump supporter, was temporarily suspended from Twitter for publishing several tweets bashing the “lying liberal media.” Although his account has since been restored, before giving back complete control, Twitter first allegedly forced him to take down the tweets.
“BREAKING NEWS! When Lying Lib MEDIA makes up FAKE NEWS to smear me, the ANTIDOTE is go right at them. Punch them in the nose & MAKE THEM TASTE THEIR OWN BLOOD,” wrote Clarke in one of the tweets that got him suspended, noting, “nothing gets a bully like LYING LIB MEDIA’S attention better than to give them a taste of their own blood.”
The tweet, which outraged countless people, also included a photoshopped image featuring President Donald Trump, Sheriff Clarke, and a person with a CNN logo instead of a head. In the image, President Trump can be seen holding the person with the CNN logo for a head while Clarke kicks that individual in the face.
Three tweets have been deleted from @SheriffClarke's timeline (screenshots below), including one about making the news media "taste their own blood" and two that referenced complaints made to Twitter about the "blood" tweet. pic.twitter.com/2mvM9UqJz3
— Theo Keith (@TheoKeith) January 2, 2018
Shortly after he published that tweet and two others, however, he received a message from Twitter informing him that what he wrote violated their terms of service and as a consequence, they decided to temporarily place his account in “read-only mode,” which prevents a user from posting new tweets.
“We have reviewed the account you reported and have locked it because we found it to be in violation of the Twitter Rules. If the account owner complies with our requested actions and stated policies, the account will be unlocked,” explained Twitter in a message that they sent to Clarke.
Begrudgingly, Clarke listened to them and subsequently deleted the tweets from his account. Twitter then removed the restrictions that they had placed on his account so that Clarke could resume tweeting.
Censoring others because of their beliefs must not be tolerated. Hopefully, Facebook ultimately does what’s right and restores the page belonging to Penoski’s ministry. To ensure that this happens, Christians and conservatives from across the country need to reach out to the platform and actively pressure them into doing so.