Has Facebook joined the leftist media?
By Nancy Morgan
web posted February 4, 2013
The advent of 'social media' has been heralded as a new, unbiased forum where ideology, politics and opinions are able to compete on a level playing field. From talk radio to social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and MySpace, these forums are generally assumed to reflect the true voice of their subscribers - untainted by the liberal bias of the 'old' media. There is a chance this is now changing. And here's why.
As the editor of a conservative news site who has posted articles on Facebook for over 8 years, I was suddenly stopped in my tracks December 31, 2012, when I tried to post an article by a well-known author, Star Parker, entitled Blacks Should Embrace NRA Gun Proposal. I was unable to post it.
"Dear Nancy, Your Facebook account was recently logged into from a computer, mobile device or other location you've never used before. For your protection, we've temporarily locked your account until you can...."
On January 10, 2013:
"Your account is temporarily locked. Someone recently tried to log into your account from an unrecognized device or location. Please verify if it was you who tried to log in."
On January 12, 2013
"You cannot use this password. Please try another password."
These password and login issues could be legitimate. However, I have used the same computer and password on Facebook for years now. Who knows, maybe Rightbias.com was hacked and Facebook was protecting our site. That's entirely possible.
What raised a red flag for me, however, is the fact that I have recently come across numerous other pro-gun writers who have encountered the same 'security concerns' from Facebook.
Facebook Inc. is purging accounts that carry pro-second amendment and pro-liberty information in a censorship purge that has accelerated over the past few hours, with innumerable pages being disappeared merely for posting legitimate political content.
-- Facebook Purges Pro-Gun Accounts:
After two weeks and numerous hours spent going through gyrations demanded by Facebook, my conservative news site was finally able to, once again, return to posting articles on Facebook. It only took two weeks. My inability to post a pro-gun article could have just been a coincidence.
Strangely enough, at the same time Facebook was encountering 'security glitches' (from mostly pro-gun posters), it appears that elitist and avowed leftist George Soros, spent around $10.6M buying 341,000 shares in Facebook . Another coincidence?
On January 14, Soros made clear his anti-gun agenda under the guise of a 'study,' which was accepted as legitimate by our leftist media. It was published by Soros controlled 'Center For American Progress.'
With President Obama readying an overhaul of the nation's gun laws, a liberal think tank with singular influence throughout his administration is pushing for a sweeping agenda of strict new restrictions on and federal oversight of gun and ammunition sales.
-- Soros Group Calls For Sweeping New Gun Laws
Gun control is now a hotly debated issue in America. Opinions from both sides are flooding social networking sites like Facebook. While most Americans understand that our media tilts left, what they don't understand is that being denied access to opposing views is an extremely effective tactic of our leftist media.
Is it possible that Facebook has taken sides? Is it possible that Facebook is advancing and advocating a particular agenda which, coincidentally, is the same agenda of their major new investor? It appears quite a few on the right think so, and they're fighting back.
A group of conservatives is launching their own social networking site after enduring what they call years of censorship and liberal bullying on Facebook. The Tea Party Community is expected to officially launch on Saturday – but the social networking site for conservatives has already drawn nearly 50,000 members.
No matter how thin the pancake, there are always two sides. Though it's not in the constitution, I believe that Americans should have the right to enough information in order to make informed decisions. I find the numerous coincidences I've outlined above are, at the very least, cause for concern.
America is (still) a capitalist country. Profit is not a dirty word. Companies remain in business in order to make a profit. As such, Facebook is entitled to allow whatever posts it desires. My concern is that the possibility exists that Facebook has taken sides in the gun debate. And they are being disingenuous about it.
There is a very real possibility that Facebook is lying to subscribers in order to limit opposing points of view, apparently, in this author's view, to advance and advocate a particular agenda which, coincidentally, is the same agenda of their major new investor.
I wonder how many other Facebook shareholders are aware of the fact that the company they have invested in could now be being used as a tool in the leftist campaign to dis-arm our country. And I wonder if they agree.
Nancy Morgan is a columnist and news editor for conservative news site RightBias.com. She lives in South Carolina.