“There is no such thing as bad publicity.”
– P.T. Barnum
In the world of news, entertainment and promotion, the famous circus owner’s words still ring true. If people are talking about it – or you – their attention has the desired focus.
But what about when you get no publicity? Dictionary.com says the word means “extensive mention in the news media or by word of mouth or other means of communication.”
“Other means of communication” include social media – Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, for example.
The opposite of publicity is no media mention whatsoever, and constitutes a news blackout. Facebook is silencing those who challenge the mainstream news by shutting down their self-published information on that publicly traded social media website. (Shares of FB are currently trading for $187.58.)
Looks like censorship is good business.
Yes, Facebook believes in banishing (read: eliminating) anything they think isn’t good for us, their international user group. The underlying premise is that keeping opposing or offensive points of view makes us safer.
How does Facebook do this?
“We remove content, disable accounts, and work with law enforcement when we believe there is a genuine risk of physical harm or direct threats to public safety. Learn more about how Facebook handles abusive content.”
Facebook feels so responsible for the massive advertising revenue ($9.32 BILLION in Q2 2017!!) being generated through user posts of family members and cute kittens that they are playing judge and jury where “acceptable” content is concerned.
Move over, Nanny State. Nanny Social Media just entered the room.
David Icke, renowned British activist, author, and politician is in the (alternative) news as the latest victim of Facebook’s “Community Standards” policy, a standard of conduct which is as arbitrary as it is whimsical:
“We want people to feel safe when using Facebook. For that reason, we’ve developed a set of Community Standards, outlined below. These policies will help you understand what type of sharing is allowed on Facebook, and what type of content may be reported to us and removed. Sometimes we will allow content if newsworthy, significant or important to the public interest – even if it might otherwise violate our standards. Because of the diversity of our global community, please keep in mind that something that may be disagreeable or disturbing to you may not violate our Community Standards.”
David Icke (pronounced “ike”) has retaliated by setting up a new Facebook page titled David Icke Ban. He explains:
“We have created this page for people to post their experiences of being unfairly censored or banned by Facebook. I am currently banned for five days in a blatant and extraordinary piece of censorship over a story that linked to an article in The Jerusalem Post and included an image and words reflecting that story and an opinion – an opinion – of what I thought about it.”
Here is an example of why Icke gets targeted for suppression, writing here about political media censorship on his Facebook “Ban” page:
“Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg was caught on a live microphone at the United Nations recently discussing with German Chancellor Angela Merkel how to block posts from those criticising the number of migrants pouring into Europe.”
So, the “Book of Face” is in cahoots with NWO leader Merkel – who, incredibly, is being allowed by her own citizens to trash Germany by high-prioritizing the half a million Arabian outcasts (originally termed “migrants,” as you may recall, in classic doublespeak) she invited in 2015. No wonder the social media giant has a policy of “don’t tell.” So much for the First Amendment to the US Constitution (free speech).
Others Facebook has muzzled – “for our protection” are:
“Facebook has been suspending women for ‘hate speech’ against men after posting variations of the phrase ‘men are scum.'”
Who knew that the term “scum” was so hateful? Doesn’t it have to do with the way you say it? Oh wait, on social media, no one can hear you speak.
- Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of the Chechen Republic.
On December 20, 2017, the United States sanctioned Kadyrov, citing the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act. Okay, Mr. Kadyrov probably really is a Bad Guy. But, as he himself points out, don’t we have the right to judge for ourselves? In any case, Facebook is definitely taking sides and mirroring US international policy:
“Facebook said the deactivation of the account because of the list of ‘banned persons of the U.S.’ I’m very calm about this. But the question is to Facebook and the Ministry of Finance: Where is your vaunted democracy and the right of citizens to receive information? Or does the opinion of 4 million subscribers not mean anything?”
Also, it’s a great day when you can work the word “vaunted” into the conversation. Even if that conversation is banned on Facebook.
Headlines like “Facebook Bans Picture of Robin Redbreast for being ‘Sexual'” are hard to resist:
“Hilariously, Facebook has blocked my Christmas cards from becoming a product in my shop due to their shameful, sexual nature!”
Even the best computer program makes mistakes sometimes. These photos were simply misunderstood.
Does anyone really like rap? The whole “gangsta” culture can be very alienating to the uninitiated. Still, if you don’t like the music, you can always turn it off. Same with the artist, apparently:
“Facebook said some of his posts violated its policies on hate speech. The posts…related to white people and gun violence.”
It isn’t all a bad Orwellian nightmare of doublespeak, propaganda, and censorship, though.
In a satisfying display of Instant Karma and turnabout-is-fair-play, China, Iran, Bangladesh, Egypt, Syria, Pakistan, Vietnam, and North Korea now ban Facebook access.
To quote a popular TV show:
“In your face, Facebook!”