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For the sake of free speech, Facebook must be nationalized

September 10, 2019

Facebook is run by imbeciles. I make a post commenting on Trump’s use of racist rhetoric having a positive affect on his approval ratings and depict him hypothetically taking the next step quoting a racist song and get banned seven days for hate speech. I’m not endorsing hate speech. I’m denouncing the racism of the president and his supporters. Facebook moderators have no comprehension of context whatsoever, and they claim they can’t process my feedback as to why they are wrong. My exact words were “Trump’s approval rating goes up the more racist his rhetoric gets. I’m surprised he hasn’t tried this.” The photo was a picture of Trump in blackface from a meme generator with a quote from an old racist song. They are a monopoly with too much power that needs to be nationalized. Going to another platform means not having an audience. I went on Minds after Cynthia McKinney’s recommendation, but most of the people I see on there are Libertarians, and posting there is effectively shouting into the wind. There is no substitute for Facebook, and Twitter banned me for things they allow most people, especially Trump, to do on a daily basis, demonstrating a clear political bias in selective enforcement.

I think this page is fake: “Facebook Blocks
To help keep Facebook safe, we sometimes block certain content and actions. If you think we’ve made a mistake, please let us know. While we aren’t able to review individual reports, the feedback you provide will help us improve the ways we keep Facebook safe.
Please explain why you think this was an error
The post was about Trump’s popularity going up when he says racist things. The post depicts Trump in a hypothetically racist situation from a meme generator. It is not endorsing racist views, but denouncing the president’s racist comments.
Thanks for taking the time to submit a report.
Learn more about what happens when you’re blocked or if your content was removed.”

Except that I couldn’t actually submit my request:

“Could not process your request
We could not process your request. Please try again later.”

Clearly just lip service to make it look like they offer an opportunity for feedback when they actually don’t. This is Spanish Inquisition-type scumbaggery.

When Facebook permanently banned the account associated with my Gmail account, I wasn’t given right of reply, either. When Michael Booth turned eighteen and admitted to Facebook that he had lied about me to get my account disabled, my account went from disabled to nonexistent. As I was making my earlier post denouncing Facebook’s practices on LinkedIn, I saw that the attorney who showed interest in my case to get my content back from Facebook, including a review of Steve Bissette’s ”Swamp Thing Annual” #4 that he wanted to post on his website, but that Facebook removed in-between his obtaining my permission and actually posting it, is now working for Facebook! (She didn’t take the case because determining the monetary value of my posts was what any court issue would involve.)

If Facebook and Twitter were nationalized, they would have to abide by the First Amendment. As private companies, they do not, and being effectively monopolies as stated above, they have far too much power in the discourse for a few unelected people making their own rules and arbitrary judgments about what people say in public.

  1. The attorney is clearly a coward. We went from connected to blocked on LinkedIn after I sent her these two messages:

    Scott Andrew Hutchins
    Scott Andrew Hutchins 8:16 AM
    Wow! Now you’re working at Facebook, which has still gotten away with destroying my content.

    View Scott Andrew’s profileScott Andrew Hutchins
    Scott Andrew Hutchins 1:12 PM
    And today the people in charge of moderating Facebook are demonstrating that they are hopelessly corrupt. According to them, I was harassing Ender Page, rather than the reverse. Here is a transcript of the conversation:

  2. Jonny permalink

    You know you come off as a crank, right?

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