Facebook usage drops for the first time in North America
According to CNBC facebok usage in N. America, its prime market, dropped by 1 million. It was the first such drop in in facebook’s recorded history.
Facebook reported 184 million daily average users in Q4 2017, down from 185 million in Q3.
It is the first such drop since Facebook began reporting these numbers in its earnings report.
It suggests that Facebook’s most lucrative market has become saturated in terms of usage, which means it will have to add more ads, or charge more for ads, to keep growing-CNBC
The article suggests that it is because facebook has researched the saturation point in North America. While that may be true I offer another reason:
Facebook is incredibly unfair to conservatives.
Fox News released a story of 10 such cases where North American conservatives had their accounts suspended or deleted and their groups closed for voicing conservative opinions.
1. Lauren Southern suspended over criticizing censorship
Conservative activist and Trump supporter Lauren Southern received a 30-day ban from Facebook just because she complained about a friend’s account being censored. Censorship inception, if you will.
Facebook later removed the block, calling it an error, but only after the conservatives on Twitter and in the media made a stink about it.
2. Admin of pro-Trump group banned for saying Trump is not anti-Muslim, but anti-ISIS
Whether or not you agree with the opinion is not the point. The admin of an alt-right, Trump-supporting group was banned from Facebook and the post below was removed.
3. Facebook locked this kid’s account for posting a video supporting Rudy Giuliani’s criticisms of Obama.
They called his post “suspicious activity.”
4. Facebook approved Christian hate groups while shutting down Christian groups.
In 2013, somehow a group called “Jesus F**k**g Christ. Sl*t Mary’s B*st*rd” was able to get past Facebook’s censors for a time, as well as groups called “Christianity is a Plague Begging for a Cure” and “Virgin Mary should have Aborted”.
But at the same time, the group for Kirk Cameron’s movie, Unstoppable, did not fare as well and was shut down without explanation by Facebook. Only after rallying 500,000 fans to complain to Facebook was Cameron able to reinstate the page.
Facebook has also since banned the Christian hate groups.
5. Christopher Cantwell was blocked for 30 days for expressing his opinion about the attacks in Cologne, Germany, and the right to bear arms.
6. Facebook shut down a large biker group for one conspiracy post.
The group “2 Million Bikers to DC” had about 450,000 followers organized in protest of the 2013 “Million Muslim March” in Washington, D.C.
Whether or not the group was anti-Muslim, the post that got them kicked off Facebook was inane and borderline nonsensical.
7. Facebook removed a Photoshopped picture of the Obamas wearing Che Guevara T-shirts.
The conservative page “Wake Up America!” posted a Photoshopped picture of the Obamas only to have it removed by Facebook. The site also temporarily took down the page for posting “offensive” content.
8. Canadians censored for criticizing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s response to refugee shooting.
Conservative censorship on Facebook isn’t just an American thing. The page “Justin Trudeau Not” posted a meme criticizing the prime minister for being outraged that a refugee was pepper-sprayed and not when a refugee was responsible for a shooting.
Facebook removed the post and threatened the page’s admins that they would be removed from the site if they posted similar content.
9. “Chicks on the Right” was blocked and threatened with a shutdown by Facebook.
The popular community page of the site “Chicks on the Right” had a post censored that simply said: “Jay Carney can kiss my assular area,” followed by a link.
10. Facebook removed a patriotic picture honoring fallen Marines.
Facebook removed a page called “Locked and Loaded,” and blocked the admins, citing a post entitled “Remembrance” as violating their community standards. Only problem is the post is clearly just a memorial for Marines who died in war. Absolutely not controversial.
Sadly, yours truly, has faced the wrath of facebook’s anti conservative bias. I too was censored by facebook. Despite the fact that I’ve had my account since 2005 and am a paying facebook customer they removed my post because they said it went against their ‘community standards’ and suspended my account for a whole month!
What was the offending post? I shared this article stating real reasons why transsexuals may not be the best fit for military service. All conservative bloggers know that anything that doesn’t fit into their silicon valley liberal narrative is against their community standards.
Facebook worker says the company censored conservatives
An article in Gizmodo describes an unnamed source that talked about theFacebook censorship policy.
Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network’s influential “trending” news section, according to a former journalist who worked on the project. This individual says that workers prevented stories about the right-wing CPAC gathering, Mitt Romney, Rand Paul, and other conservative topics from appearing in the highly-influential section, even though they were organically trending among the site’s users.
That’s extremely disturbing but not at all surprising seeing as facebook is headquartered in the national liberal Vatican-silicon valley California.
Related: California-Everything that’s wrong with liberalism
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Facebook isn’t alone in anti conservative bias either. Both Google and Twitter have faced lawsuits for anti-conservative discrimination.
Google was sued successfully by a pro-life group in Europe for not allowing pro-life advertisements on its search engine while at the same time allowing extreme pro-abortion ads. Google is currently being sued by an engineer that it fired for daring to say that there may be biological differences between men and women which may affect their choice not to work in the tech industry.
Twitter was sued by conservative activist Charles Johnson when it banned his account for supposed ‘hate speech’. If you recall Milo Yinnanpolis, a personal hero of mine, was also kicked off the platform for saying a Black actress was ugly (she is). The company said his words constituted ‘hate-speech’.
It’s ironic enough that federal courts have long given companies wide latitude when enforcing their terms of service since after all no one has a ‘right’ to use facebook, google, or twitter. The suits are actually based on California’s constitution which protects free speech on social media and private platforms.