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    At the mercy of political opponents who run social media

    At the mercy of political opponents who run social media

    We’ve all heard of the problems faced on Twitter with the #TwitterGulag resulting from false claims of harassment and/or spam.

    It’s also a problem on Facebook, as detailed by Ruthie Blum (sister of John Podhoretz) at The New York Observer.

    Blum speaks of the problem faced by pro-Israel writers on Facebook and draws an analogy to the tactics used more generally against Israel, Abusing the System: Facebook Standards and the People Who Violate Them:

    For the past two months, I have intermittently been barred from Facebook….

    In other words, someone has been complaining about me to Facebook, reporting abuse on my part. This person clearly doesn’t like what I have to say–which is always from a conservative viewpoint–and has come up with a way to silence me through bullying.

    It is actually he or she who is violating Facebook standards, not I. But there is nothing I can do about it, other than go on the defensive, and so far not very effectively.

    This is exactly how the enemies of Israel operate. They repeatedly accuse the Jewish state of acting in an illegitimate fashion, thereby placing the burden of proof on the unwitting defendant. It is a brazen and shameless tactic. And it works like a charm.

    Facebook is a private enterprise that has the right to choose its users. Those users do not pay for the privilege; and it is a huge privilege for writers to have access to such a massive readership. Whoever has been targeting me knows this full well.

    He or she is also aware that all one has to do to ruin Israel’s reputation is to cast aspersions. Social networking takes care of the rest.

    While I think Blum draws a proper analogy, I think the problem is more worrisome.

    Social media is critical to the conservative / Tea Party / Libertarian movements precisely because our political opponents control almost all of the mainstream media (except the Murdock group).  We have talk radio, but that’s a less interactive medium.

    This reliance comes at great risk.  Those networks, particularly Twitter and Facebook, are run by liberals.  They will decide what is appropriate for their networks or not.

    It has not become a huge problem yet.  But it is a huge risk.

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    A friend of mine, IIRC correctly, also got his personal page removed thanks to the Arab-Nazi mafia.

    The only solution is to use their tactics against them. Of course, THEN the NYT and probably the President will start complaining.

    And people, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE consider getting involved with Wikipedia. Not as an ideologue; learn the rules and spirit, and try to correct imbalance. (Unfortunately, I had to stop a while back for personal reasons.) It is true that the Reliable Source rules work against us, but those are also open for discussion. Besides, so much there ignores them.

    Wikipedia = “Truth”, whether we like it or not.

    […] At the mercy of political opponents who run social media We’ve all heard of the problems faced on Twitter with the #TwitterGulag resulting from false claims of harassment and/or spam. […]

    […] picked up on this a couple of days ago, pointing out that conservatives and libertarians, with our heavy dependence on the web for connecting with each other, should be concerned about what happened to Blum.  There is little […]

    […] picked up on this a couple of days ago, pointing out that conservatives and libertarians, with our heavy dependence on the web for connecting with each other, should be concerned about what happened to Blum.  There is little […]


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