Many were justifiably outraged when it was revealed by a Facebook whistleblower that the social media giant routinely suppresses conservative topics and content.
However, for those who have made their living with conservative alternative media, it was merely a confirmation of what we had long already known.
Liberal ideology demands a suppression of opposing viewpoints. Nowhere is this belief stronger than in companies that have the opportunity to serve as gatekeepers of information and perspectives. The mainstream media has behaved outrageously biasedly for decades. Now, it seems that social media is doing the same.
Now, gun companies and advocates are noting that Facebook is targeting them for persecution as well. The company has already collaborated with the Obama Regime to restrict the selling of guns on Facebook. However, the company appears to waging a much larger war against guns and gun accessories by restricting gun-related content.
No, Facebook is not disallowing all posts involving topics of firearms. They are, however, according to a group of companies and Second Amendment advocates, “actively suppressing their posts” so as to diminish their prominence in Facebook feeds.
Rob Russo, the social media manager for Alien Gear Holsters, explained that the numbers aren’t adding-up.
“Content that would normally reach our nearly one million followers has steadily dropped to a fraction of what it once was, despite our page’s continual growth of new followers.”
Concealed Nation publisher Brandon Curtis explained similarly,
“We have over 700,000 likes on our Facebook page and tremendous reader response to our material. We didn’t change a thing about the way we post [but] in February our Facebook traffic fell off a cliff,” he said. “It sank by nearly 50 percent in that first month.”
Curtis received an answer as to why. Facebook told him that the page was being “suppressed” because they offered “too much commercial content.”
USA Carry’s Luke McCoy had an eerily-similar story and when he contacted Facebook, he, too, was told that his page was being suppressed because his content was “overly promotional.”
However, promotion is largely the reason businesses even have Facebook pages.
Further, Curtis reached-out to Facebook and also highlighted that many of the groups within the coalition of companies and Second Amendment groups have been suppressed even when they offer purely editorial content.
The vendetta continues in a million different ways. Gun Owners of America and The Truth About Guns are both outlets attempting to push-back against Facebook’s politically-motivated vendetta and author Brandon Maddox had his Facebook account shutdown because he was selling a book detailing how to obtain a Federal Firearms License (FFL). Because the title of the book had “firearms” in it, Facebook reportedly yanked his account due to a supposed violation of Facebook’s prohibition against gun sales.
It may be true that Facebook is a company and allowed to do what they wish. However, if they are selling ads to companies (the main source of revenue for the company) and stifling some outlets and promoting others, this practice is not merely unethical, but a case of fraud.
Further, we, as a society, should consider the danger of embracing a company that serves as practically the sole gatekeeper of social media content. Facebook has no oversight and operates with a tyrannical disregard for the wants and needs of the customer.
If companies are paying money to Facebook and receiving lesser treatment as a result of their political ideology, these companies should band together and explore the possibility of a significant class-action lawsuit.
In the meantime, we are stuck with a purveyor of information that despises the free exchange of ideas.