Remember when Facebook censorship police banned black man from posting facts about Declaration of Independence
Four decades and 100 years ago – in fact, it was barely four months ago – a black man took to Twitter and said he was unfairly jailed by Facebook’s censorship police because that he had cited the Declaration of Independence. He had the screenshots to prove it.
On July 5, a day after America celebrated its independence, Twitter user @IramiOF, who identifies as Irami Osei-Frimpong, posted a screenshot from Facebook indicating that he had been banned. of the platform for seven days because its content violated the standards of its community. on hate speech.
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The problem: this content was a direct quote from The Declaration of Independence. “He has stirred up domestic insurgencies among us, and has endeavored to bring in the inhabitants of our borders, the ruthless Indian savages, whose known rule of war is indiscriminate destruction, of all ages, sexes and conditions,” Osei-Frimpong said. job.
A self-proclaimed ‘political thinker’, Osei-Frimpong then added, “Remember these ‘domestic insurgencies’ were slave revolts.” His commentary is a position widely accepted by historians, academics and journalists.
Facebook’s censorship police quickly banned him for a week. When he clicked the review button, he was told he was a “repeat offender” and was banned for 30 days, Osei-Frimpong added in his Twitter feed.
The ban on Osei-Frimpong is not an isolated incident. Many black users of social media platforms have complained about Silicon Valley’s censorship woes, which appear to be racially motivated in many cases.
Some gave examples from their own experiences with Facebook’s censorship police. “I know your pain. I am also under an unfair 30 day ban. And they used previous bans that had been removed due to their mistake. A guy made a dastardly comment about George Floyd and I responded with a GIF, ”replied Twitter user @ Daniell10013340, who identifies as Danielle Smith.
“Usual line stepper. MDR. I caught so many bans that I just stopped using the platform. It’s unfortunate, ”user @KamilleKasshu said.
Osei-Frimpong’s Twitter feed went viral and after some backlash, Osei-Frimpong tweeted the next day that his Facebook ban had “been mysteriously lifted”, adding “Zuck works in mysterious ways”, referring to the founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg.
While many expressed it was “good news” for him, others said the only reason it was canceled was because Osei-Frimpong’s viral tweets exposed the media giant‘s racism. social.
Twitter user @mi_keezy tweeted: “… the Facebook ban has been mysteriously lifted. You have effectively exposed Facebook’s overzealous intention to censor you for using a quote published from this country’s founding documents to do so. They also inadvertently accused the source of being racist. “