Adam Kokesh Becomes The Latest In A Long List of Libertarians Banned from Facebook.
The brand page for Adam Kokesh has been removed from Facebook. In a blog post on Adam’s site, Adam explains that a meme depicting a young girl badly burned in a drone strike by the Obama administration was reported for “Nudity or Pornography”. The report made it to Facebook’s moderators, and was removed.
The removal of the post itself is not surprising. Adam thinks it is politically motivated, and I can see why. It may well be that the post was reported for politically motivated reasons, but had I’ve non-political posts deleted for less. The girl in the image (see below) is nude save for some bandages and burn cream. The drastic step is that the entire page seems to have been permanently deleted from Facebook, and it comes on the heels of Josie the Outlaw, another libertarian YouTube personality, having her page removed without notice.Josie’s page has since been restored.
In the case of Adam’s page, the admins were notified of the post being removed, but are now unable to even log into their personal accounts. This is unusual. Regular readers of mine will recall that I’ve been banned from Facebook dozens of times. I’m the frequent target of leftists who report posts to Facebook whether they violate the terms or not. I have had entire pages deleted from Facebook, but I was always notified and told why. Only once was I unable to log into my personal account, and that was resolved after about 48 hours.
I am in contact with Adam by phone, and I will update this story as more information becomes available. Adam will also be making updates at AdamVsTheMan.com
Here is the image that got Adam removed.
Whatever the story behind this particular incident, it is becoming clear that Facebook is not a reliable means of communication, especially if you make political enemies. The reporting system functions in such a fashion that anybody can get anybody banned, just by having enough people who are willing to make reports. Google is no alternative, as we’ve seen Mark Dice, and Stefan Molyneux banned from YouTube.
This leaves us in a difficult position, especially content producers. There are social networking alternatives out there, like Diaspora, and Brutalist.me, and others. But whether you’re a content producer or just somebody trying to spread a message, you need to be not only where your audience is, but where there are others whom you can influence.
As I said when Dice was banned, we’re quickly seeing the social media scene become a lot more like cable news than the free and open internet we once thought was going to empower the average person. Not only are libertarian content producers being banned, but the platform is reducing the reach of pages to encourage content producers and other brands to buy advertisements, even if they already purchased ads to help build an organic audience. If we have to pay more money just to talk to the people who already subscribed to us, if we’re going to have our communications censored, then we might as well be applying for FCC licenses and taking to the airwaves.
It takes a lot of work to build up an audience like Adam, Mark, Stefan, Josie, or myself has. When those audience members rely on Facebook, or YouTube to keep up to date with us, and we get removed from those services without any recourse, that means years of effort are flushed down the toilet. Be sure to connect with your favorite content producers on platforms other than their social media outlets, because the more this happens, the less work we’re going to put into those mediums.
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