We’ve covered a number of egregious bans by Facebook over the years, but this has to take the proverbial cake. Early Monday morning, Facebook user Richard Dean Wilder told the Conservative Firing Line that he was once banned from the social media site recently dubbed “Iron FistBook” for 30 days over a harmless picture of a puppy.
Let that sink in for a moment.
Wilder provided us with a screenshot that has to be seen to be believed. In the image, which can be seen below, Facebook told Wilder they remove posts that “attack people based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, gender or disability.”
What we see is a picture of cute, adorable puppy:
The ban, he said, took place on November 11, 2017, and prompted him to ask if Facebook is now a “puppy-free zone.”
Wilder admits that he hasn’t always been a good boy on the site, and has been banned a number of times for various things, but thought moderators were, as he put it, “kinda reaching” on this particular incident.
Making matters worse, Wilder said that he just got off another 30-day ban when this took place.
“Am I perfect?” he asked. “No,” he said in response.
“But, come on,” he added.
Wilder also told me that he’s been banned no less than 63 times from various left-wing sites, including Facebook, since late 2011, and he’s keeping a list.
As we reported earlier, Jerrold Nadler, the New York Democrat who’s received thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Facebook and Google, said during a hearing with Diamond and Silk that social media censorship of conservatives is a hoax and a conspiracy theory.
Wilder would probably have something to say about that.
This isn’t the first questionable ban we’ve covered. One conservative user, for example, was told her profile picture of a lilac tree was considered pornographic. Another user was told that a picture of a 2012 Donald Trump campaign button violated the site’s rules on nudity. The picture only showed Trump’s face.
As a result of bans like this, a number of conservatives have started migrating to sites like Tea Party Community, Gab.ai, PatrioticSpace, and ProAmerica Only. An alternative site geared for Christians — SocialCross — has also been set up.
Yours truly has also experienced insane bans like this. A seven-month foray into “Facebook Hell” became the inspiration for “Banned: How Facebook Enables Militant Islamic Jihad,” a book written with American-Israeli Adina Kutnicki.
Facebook has since hired a team from a legal firm run by former Attorney General Eric Holder to advise on the anti-conservative bias. According to reports, the team is being led by former Senator Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.
Perhaps the Arizona Republican can help teach moderators the difference between racist hate speech and a puppy dog.