Facebook now working with former N.Y. mayor to censor support for the Second Amendment
March 4, 2014
Facebook is currently working with two anti-gun groups to further restrict firearm discussions on its various pages in a move that will likely lead to the outright censorship of gun topics throughout the social media site.
After Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action spent the past month pressuring Facebook to censor gun-themed fan pages, the company finally agreed to reconsider its current policies, according to the anti-gun publication Venture Beat.
An insider told the publication that the ongoing talks between the gun control groups and Facebook were “progressing” and that they have already made agreements yet to be disclosed.
Moms Demand Action, which publicly partnered with MAIG in December, began to pressure Facebook last month to change its stance on firearms.
The anti-gun group even produced a video meant to “shame” Facebook for allowing its members to post pictures of and privately sell guns, despite the fact that many such transactions are perfectly legal in the vast majority of states.
But the group’s attack on gun rights won’t stop there.
Last month, a New York mayor exposed that the true goal of these organizations is a nationwide gun ban.
“It did not take long to realize that MAIG’s agenda was much more than ridding felons of illegal guns,” Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Mayor John C. Tkazyik wrote. “Under the guise of helping mayors facing a crime and drug epidemic, MAIG intended to promote confiscation of guns from law-abiding citizens.”
Likewise, the pressure from these groups to force Facebook to censor legal gun sales will only lead to an outright ban on firearm discussions on the social media site.
And unfortunately, Facebook already has a long history of censoring pro-liberty statements and banning users who promote basic human freedoms.
Last year, Facebook deactivated the Facebook page of a Pennsylvania gun store after the store’s owner announced his intent to raffle off an AR-15.
Additionally, in late 2012, Facebook suspended at least 20 accounts operated by individuals in alternative media during a 24 hour period, claiming that they violated “Facebook policies.”
The company also banned an image which contained a quote by Mahatma Gandhi explaining how the British disarmed the population during their rule in India.
And the social media giant warned Infowars’ own Darrin McBreen not to voice his political opinion in 2011 and even deleted the official Alex Jones page over an image of the Gadsden flag in 2010.
These aren’t isolated incidents; Facebook routinely censors political posts by claiming that they violated its “Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.”
But by also pushing a gun control agenda, Facebook will only accelerate its current decline as millions of gun owners abandon the social media site.