Facebook Threatens to Shut Down Conservative Site
“Chicks on the Right,” a popular conservative website, could lose its Facebook community after posting a critical message about the White House press secretary that allegedly violated the social networking site’s standards.
The controversy involves a posting on their Facebook fan page that referred readers to a website posting titled, “You Know What? Liberal Hypocrisy is Starting to Cause Me Actual Physical Pain.”
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“Jay Carney can kiss my assular area,” wrote Mockarena, who runs the website with Daisy, a medical writer and adjunct professor of communications.
Both women asked that their true identities not be revealed due to possible security concerns.
“I think people are starting to realize Facebook is not necessarily a safe place for conservatives,” Mockarena told Fox News.
She said she tried to log onto her Facebook page Tuesday morning and learned that access not both her personal account and “Chicks on the Right” account had been temporarily blocked.”
“We removed the following content you posted or were the admin of because it violates Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities,” read a screen-grab she posted.
Facebook did not immediately return email seeking comment.
Mockarena, who said their site has nearly 90,000 fans, said Facebook could eventually shut them down.
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“Apparently we are on very thin ice and are about to be shut down if there’s something else that’s identified as a violation,” she said.
And that – in itself – is a problem because the ladies who run the website and Facebook page aren’t sure how the Carney statement violates the social networking site’s policies.
“There are pages on Facebook that are incredibly obscene,” she said. “There were ‘Kill Mitt Romney’ pages during the election that were allowed to stand.”
A quick check of Facebook revealed a number of vulgar pages directed at conservatives including:
“F*** Mitt Romney”
“Tea Party Can Kiss My A**”
“Rush Limbaugh is an Abject A******”
So why haven’t those sites been taken down?
Mockarena said her posting was “certainly not the cleanest word, but it’s not an outwardly vulgar word.”
“It certainly doesn’t compare with some of the other pages that are out there,” she told Fox News.
Facebook instructed her to review all the remaining content on their site to make sure it was in compliance.
“Well heck, we’ve been up and running for three years now,” she said. “I don’t know how I’m supposed to review three years worth of material – especially when I don’t know how what we posted violates a content policy.”
At the heart of the matter – the ladies who run the website believe there’s another motive behind the threat.
“They are targeting conservatives,” Mockarena said.
She also believes liberals “who are hellbent on silence conservatives” are trolling conservative pages and reporting specific posts.
“All those reports get funneled into Facebook and with enough complaints the pages are then shut down,” she said.
As a result of the incident, the “Chicks” have launched a new social networking site on TeaPartyCommunity.com.
“The experience is very similar to Facebook,” she said. “We are hoping to drive traffic there because we know it’s a safe place.”
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