As an outspoken commentator, from time to time I tend to get into a little trouble on Social Media. If you are a follower on either Facebook or Twitter you will be well aware of what I mean. I would be the first to admit that there is an element of shock to my work to sometimes highlight the hypocrisy of Liberals and RINO’s.
“What happened this time Xan?” I hear you saying…. Did I call Ana Navarro a fat heartless trog? Nope…. Did I share how I am thinking maybe Kathy griffin is a drag queen? Nope wrong again, but we all know that is true…. Did I say that Ron Perlman has a face like a bulldog chewing a wasp? Oh no, none of the above.
Facebook have once again banned moi, an openly gay Conservative Commentator, for using widely accepted terminology. Last time I was banned for using the word “Faggot” this time it was for the hashtag #faghag. I did not use the terms in a derogatory way and I believe this is further attacking of Conservatives on Facebook
I have to wonder if I had been a Muslim, would Zuck have banned me for three days or maybe a seat on the board, a key to the executive bathroom and a cigar. (Insert obvious Bill Clinton joke here.) In fairness it would be the latter as the harassment of Conservatives on Social Media is on the rise.
Some things on Facebook are more acceptable than others. You can talk about killing gays, cops, conservatives and animal, but not Muslims. Of course I am not suggesting it is ok to suggest anyone be killed. Police in the UK recently visited someone for merely having a negative opinion regarding Islam on Facebook which frankly I find astounding and such an intrusion.
Whilst there are no 1st Amendment protections on Social Media for Americans, I really believe there should be. Every time my vernacular is policed by Facebook, whether by staff or a word bot, my freedom of speech is being eroded. The sad thing is we all ignore it till it happens to us.
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Xander Gibb has written for many publications and writes with an unapologetic response to the world around.