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Facebook Jail – Yet Again!

Sep 12, 2018

Sometimes it can take me a little while to figure out what I should write about on CultureWatch. I do try to have at least one new article written and posted every day. Usually there is plenty of new news that can be turned into an article, or stuff gleaned from my morning devotionals, or general culture war material, etc.

However, once in a while I may have to think a few hours as to what might be worth running with. But not today. As soon as I tried to open my Facebook page this morning I knew instantly what to write about. You see, here I am, languishing in Facebook jail – once again.

Yep, sitting in jail, twiddling my thumbs, wondering what to do – for an entire 30 days! Sure, I have done my time in the past with shorter stints in the sin bin – a day, or two or three. Various “transgressions” have meant that the FB censors had to act it seems.

But an entire month – really? Wow, what did Bill do that was so despicable? Threaten to assassinate a top political leader? Post pictures with raw, degrading pornographic content? Try to defend the most wicked forms of child abuse? Try to tell deliberate and flagrant lies with impunity?

Um no – evidently it was far, far worse than that. But the really bizarre thing is, it seems NOT to have been a post by me at all. Although it seems to have been someone else’s, I don’t even know what they posted. I only briefly saw a quick image of it, and it was not anything I did. So I am completely kept in the dark by the FB overlords, and have been given the boot, with zero recourse of action or right of reply.

Let me make this clear. Here is the bottom line in this case: someone else can post something FB does not like, and do it on a page that is not your own, yet you can STILL get slammed by FB anyway – even for a whole month. That makes as much sense as sharing a flat with a guy who robs a bank and gets caught. Because you happen to share accommodation with him, you too will be jailed.

That’s it. Just like the KGB operated. Just like how the Stasi used to work. The knock on the door at midnight. Carried away into a van in the dark, never to be heard from again. While folks suffered far worse under the Communists and the Nazis of course, the basic principles are not all that different.

You WILL do as the masters say, or you will pay the price. Forget about outdated concepts such as free speech, freedom of thought, and the democratic right to have differing points of view. All that is verboten in the People’s Republik of Facebook.

And by the way, it is not particularly difficult to get sinbinned by FB. It is a piece of cake in fact. Sometimes some of my FB friends complain – half-jokingly – that they have never faced the wrath of Zuckerberg and his thought police. They have never been banned or blocked – or even warned.

I tell them they need to lift their game! One simply has to share truth on FB and that is usually sufficient reason for the FB fascists to leap into action and treat you like a war criminal – or worse. Just dare to say anything critical of Islam, or homosexuality, or the new trans revolution for example, and you will be noticed by the FB thought monitors.

And the bizarre thing is, in this case, you need not have posted anything! Simply have even a loose association with someone else or some other FB group, and if the Brownshirts at FB do not like their posts, you too will be given the boot – in this case the jackboots of the hate speech armies employed to do Zuckerberg’s bidding.

For those wanting a few more details on this, it seems it was absolutely nothing I wrote or posted. It seems to have been on some other FB page. And I did not even get to see clearly what this horribly offensive post was all about. Someone else posted, and I am found guilty by association.

It seems that the latest fracas was due to something posted by someone else on the ‘Its Official’ website which I think is about safe schools and the like. As is often the case, folks seem to make me an admin for their page. It is not as if I am asked, or have asked myself to be an admin, quite often.

Life is busy enough as is. But it can be handy in some cases to be made an admin if it means I can occasionally post something directly on other FB group pages. So if my memory serves me right, I may have posted a handful of times on this particular site. Otherwise I have nothing at all to do with it.

Nonetheless, I am now a goner! No trial, no hearing, no chance to defend myself, no chance to offer my side of the story – straight to the slammer for a month. So this is how FB treats its loyal customers? So this is how FB is going to get new members? So this is how FB is going to ensure healthy customer relations? So this is why we should stay on FB?

There are of course many other alternatives to FB. Various social media sites exist, and they seem to be growing – slowly but surely. A while ago for example I joined MeWe. I also managed to take around 300 FBers with me. Many of us have accounts on both sites as yet, but it simply gets worse each passing day with FB, so a backup is needed.

FB is constantly blocking and banning conservative and Christian content. So if we keep getting lengthy jail terms, it makes no sense to remain with them. If they despise us all so much and don’t want our business, then fine, we can take it elsewhere.

So far MeWe has censored nothing of mine, nor has it banned me nor blocked me. It seems to actually believe in the fundamental right of free speech, unlike FascistBook. And all this is not just a case of sour grapes on my part. I have lost count of the number of friends who also have been treated like criminals by FB, all because they dare to share non-PC truth.

Good, decent people who do not use vile language nor resort to incendiary rhetoric nor urge any violence – they all have been banned by the FB censors, often for the most innocuous stuff. By refusing to bow down to the secular left narrative, they are routinely hassled and hunted down by the FB thought police.

Um, who needs this baloney? This is getting to be beyond a joke, and it gets worse as time goes by. Way back in 2010 we had this frightening headline to contend with: “Facebook Teams Up with Gay Activist Orgs to Stop ‘Hateful’ Comments”.

Indeed, I have been documenting the many ugly cases of Facebook censorship for years now. Here are just four articles on all this:

billmuehlenberg.com/2016/05/17/facebook-censorship-fascism/
billmuehlenberg.com/2017/07/02/censorship-west-attack-freedom-speech/
billmuehlenberg.com/2017/10/07/come-visit-prison/
billmuehlenberg.com/2018/02/24/social-media-wars/

It is high time for a change. Please explore other social media platforms. If you want to join me on MeWe it is easy enough to get on board and share things without fear of the thought police. Just sign up here: mewe.com/

As they say in their “About” page:

It’s your show. Share your world online your way, by your rules.
You own your content. You control your interactions. You design your level of privacy.
MeWe is where you can be authentic and uncensored, the way you are in your real life.
MeWe challenges the status quo by making privacy the foundation of online social experiences.
MeWe keeps your information free from tracking, spying, and scraping.
Share content only with those you wish to see it. It’s your online life, with privacy, safety, and simplicity.

See you there. Otherwise, I might see you in a month on PCbook.

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18 Responses to Facebook Jail – Yet Again!

  • No doubt Bill you wrote something against LGBTIQA+ and upset some homo, queer or lunatic and that involves facebook as they are very much a queer organisation.
    I black banned facebook ages ago as I do not deal with LGBTIQA+ or sympathisers as to do so is to turn my face, as I see it, from my creator who condemns such activity.
    Thus we have a choice – we either suck up to facebook and LGBTIQA+ or we stay on the straight an narrow as God ordained.
    After all, there are many mediums and facebook is just one of them – that’s all – who needs them? I don’t! In other words, tell them to bugger off and take their lunatic and degenerate mates with them.
    John Abbott

  • Thanks John. Although as explained in the article, in this case it was NOT even something I had written or posted on my own page, but something someone else had posted on another page! This had happened to me more than once with CensorBook. Getting real tired of it real fast.

    But yes there are other options to FascistBook.

  • Sorry to hear that Bill.
    I have just checked out MeWe and it seems to me that the terms of reference could be used against us in the same way as facebook does.

    Quote:
    At MeWe our focus is creating a positive and helpful experience for our users. We want MeWe to be convenient, safe, and fun for you and your communities. This means there are a few rules. You may NOT:

    Violate any law or regulation.
    Send unsolicited or unauthorized advertising or commercial communications, such as spam.
    Engage in spidering or harvesting, or participate in the use of software, including spyware, designed to collect data from the Site or Services.
    Use automated methods to use the Site or Services.
    Stalk, harass, bully, intimidate, or harm another user.
    Post unlawful, harmful, obscene, or pornographic content.
    Impersonate someone.
    Post content that is hateful, threatening, harmful, incites violence; or contains graphic or gratuitous violence.
    Use MeWe to do anything unlawful, misleading, malicious, or discriminatory.
    Post content you do not have the right to transmit.
    Post content that infringes on trademarks or copyrights.
    Post viruses or malicious scripts.
    Post spam or link bait.
    Attempt to circumvent any technological measure implemented by MeWe or any of MeWe’s providers or any other third party (including another user) to protect the Site or Services.
    Attempt to decipher, decompile, disassemble, or reverse engineer any of the software used to provide the Site or Services.
    Advocate, encourage, or assist any third party in doing any of the foregoing.

    BUT – When the PC police start getting complaints??!!
    “unlawful, harmful, hateful, misleading, malicious, and discriminatory & etc”, are all target ideas that are wide open to interpretation in our society.

    We can probably enjoy it for a time.

  • Thanks Bruce. I am not claiming MeWe is perfect. I don’t know all that much about it and have only been on there a short while. So time will tell I guess. But I suspect that no social media sites are or can be entirely free of such problems. And given that I am not a radical libertarian, I of course do recognise that some restrictions on free speech are always required, eg, with yelling “fire” in a crowded theatre, libel, slander, etc.

  • May have give some suggestions to help hasten the demise of social media?

    1. Install ad blockers.

    I recommend uBlock Origin (not to be confused with uBlock). These ad-blockers comes as plug-ins available in Safari, Firefox, Chrome and Edge browsers.

    Benefits:
    – Save time because your web browsing speed will increase
    – Save money be consuming A LOT less bandwidth
    – Protect your privacy because Google and Facebook can no longer track you
    – Make your computer more secure by blocking potential malicious Internet content
    – Help you focus by cutting out distractions called advertising

    2. If you are using iPhone or iPad, install “Firefox Focus” content-blocker.

    Benefits: same as ad-blockers

    3. Stop using Chrome web browser. Google uses it to collect data about you. Use Firefox or Safari- Apple and Mozilla has interest in protecting your privacy. In the upcoming version of Firefox, it is going to block even more tracking scripts in order to improve the performance of your web browsing experience. As for Safari, the next version is going to make life hell for trackers and advertisers.

    4. Don’t consume your news via social media because you don’t want biased algorithms to control what you read. Use an RSS reader like Feedly. When you use a RSS reader, YOU are the one who control what YOU read. For your information, CultureWatch is available to be subscribed via any RSS reader. The advantage of RSS readers is that you don’t miss any updates.

    5. Delete your Facebook account. I’ve done that and I don’t miss anything. I keep in touch with my friends via phone calls, face to face meetings, emails and text messages. Realistically speaking, you can only have meaningful connections with dozens of people at most. You don’t need to be kept up to date on all hundreds of your Facebook ‘friends’. By deleting your Facebook account, you cull away the superfluous meaningless connections/updates and make your life simpler and less complicated. Without Facebook, you can then focus on the quality of your connections instead of quantity.

    Furthermore, since everyone has hundreds of ‘friends’on Facebook, it is becoming useless as a tool for connecting with people. First, social media feeds are jammed with too much updates that the chances of your update being read or remembered is very low anyway. Second, as you accumulate ‘friends’ in Facebook over the years, it is slowly being transformed into a private space into a public forum. So, you have to be more and more guarded in your sharing as you have to take into consideration your privacy.

    If all of us take all these actions, our quality of life will improve, while at the same time, starve Google, Facebook and Twitter of revenue. It’s time to ditch social media. Delete your Facebook account.

  • Thanks Terance. I should have mentioned in my article that I use things like FB for the same reason I have CultureWatch: to share truth far and wide to as many people as possible. I have lots of FB friends, so that is one way to share stuff the mainstream media refuses to run with. I don’t need FB for social relations, but I do use FB for Kingdom work.

  • Don’t worry, Bill. You have a legion of friends out there who will be sharing your articles as fast as you can write them. The enemy is already defeated…..keep writing!

  • Many thanks Jan – will do!

  • I have never had a FB account, but I can see why you would be censored. John Haller and many conservatives have been in FB jail with no explanation. I have heard of true “hate speech” against conservatives being ignored by FB as well as violations of pornographic content being ignored. The only free speech we see today is if your talking to yourself – or speak as a lemming.
    I pray your article views quadruple despite censorship.
    God Bless

  • Hahaha…aw shucks, you are truly blessed Bill,
    You have the words of life, FB obviously prefer death and think they are gods! Better off without FB rubbish in our lives anyway.

    Matthew 5:11
    “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.

    1 Corinthians 1:18
    [ Christ the Wisdom and Power of God ] For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

    2 Corinthians 2:15
    For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing,

    2 Corinthians 4:3
    And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.

    2 Thessalonians 2:10
    and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.

    End of story, may God have mercy on their FB souls!

  • Good to see you have enemies in the media machine. Always nice to have some confirmation that you must be doing something right.
    Oh well, at least I got banned from the Parkrun forum for asking questions about the fairness of men running as women. There’s a start.

  • “That makes as much sense as sharing a flat with a guy who robs a bank and gets caught. Because you happen to share accommodation with him, you too will be jailed.”

    I think in your case, Bill, the analogy might stretch to You being jailed, but the bank robber gets away free!!

  • Yes you could be right Thaddeus!

  • OK, I’m stupid! I’ve set up a mere account, and searched for Bill Muehlenberg, and culturewatch, but nothing comes up! What am I doing wrong???

    It’s probably just operator problems!

  • Thanks Peter. If you are referring to a MeWe account, I am there, so perhaps try again!

  • THIRTY DAYS!!!!!!! You MUST have done something. Just in case you couldn’t tell, I was being sarcastic! Back in the days of old Soviet Union there was a joke that people got sent to the Gulags for 5-10 years for doing nothing at all. I am mostly relying on stupid Facebook for keeping in contact with people. It may well be that will be ALL I will use it for. I have even slightly changed my name. I may close my account yet.

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