Facebook suspended Turning Point USA Director Candace Owens’ account after she posted that “Black America must wake up to the great liberal hoax,” and reinstated her after she brought the censorship to light.
The conservative African American personality notified President Donald Trump that Facebook had just put another “Make America Great Again” supporter in “Facebook jail.”
"Dear @DonaldTrump, my@facebook page has been suspended for 7 days for posting that white supremacy is not a threat to black America, as much as father absence and & liberal policies that incentivize it, are,” Owens tweeted Friday. “I am censored for posting the poverty rates in fatherless homes."
Joining Facebook’s political prisoners
Facebook – which has been notorious in recent years for showing zero tolerance for those critical of the Democratic Party and its ultra-left agenda – has been in the habit of holding conservatives captive for airing their opinions on its social media platform.
“Owens is best known for her Blexit campaign, which urges the black community to leave the Democratic Party and join the Republicans,” TheBlaze pointed out. “The outspoken Trump supporter joined a growing list of conservatives whose voices are being censored on social media platforms.”
Owens’ “offence” for which Facebook punished her was that she merely presented statistics that African Americans who keep their family intact experience poverty at one-third the rate of the general black population in the United States – and she uses these numbers as a wake-up call to blacks who believe the Democrats’ lie that racism is to blame for their plight.
"Black America must wake up to the great liberal hoax,” Owens posted on her Facebook page. “White supremacy is not a threat. Liberal supremacy is. Poverty rate among blacks: 22 percent … Poverty rate among whites: 11 percent … Poverty rate among MARRIED blacks: 7 percent. Do not liberal supremacists convince you that white people are the problem at the same time that their policies encourage the 77=percent father absence in black households?"
She took to Twitter again within an hour of her suspension to voice her charge against Facebook as being “unfair” in dealing out its suspensions – a process that protects the speech of liberals but censors conservative perspectives.
“Owens tweeted again, about the social media company's ‘unfair’ bias favoring liberals, [t]his time, .. accus[ing] Facebook of censoring her for being a black woman who is speaking the truth,” TheBlaze’s Janet J. Pruet reported. “Owens called out the company for allowing posts that accused President Donald Trump of white supremacy.”
She pointed out the hypocrisy and double-standard of the social media giant that proclaims neutrality in its censorship process.
"Facebook has allowed every post that has falsely and horribly accused @realDonaldTrump of white supremacy to remain on its platform," Owens tweeted. "But when a black woman begins discussing the TRUTH – which is that liberal policies have systematically ruined black homes – they censor. Unfair!"
Squeaky wheel gets the oil
Because of the publicity she generated, Owens’ Facebook account was quickly restored just hours after her initial tweet on the matter.
"WOW! Update! @facebook has restored my page!” she exclaimed on Twitter. “While I am grateful that I have a large enough platform to make noise and force reconsideration, what about the millions of people who do not? What about the millions of conservatives who are forever silenced on social media?"
She attached Facebook’s apology stating that it “made a mistake and removed something that didn’t go against our Community Standards.”
Facebook also notified the conservative media that it had remedied the problem, as it was quick to go into damage control mode following the numerous scandals it has faced in recent years.
“We’ve restored Ms. Owens' post and removed the block on her account after confirming that the content didn’t violate our policies,” a Facebook spokesperson told Fox News Friday.
Even though Facebook insists it strives for “equity” in its community standards, silencing conservative speech while giving full voice to anti-Trump and unbiblical views on morality appears to be a standard for the social media platform.
“Our mission is all about embracing diverse views,” the Facebook Community Standards claim. “We err on the side of allowing content – even when some find it objectionable – unless removing that content can prevent a specific harm.”
However, anyone who goes against Facebook’s social justice agenda has been quickly quashed, according to the list of conservatives who no longer have a voice on Facebook – including right-leaning Hollywood actor James Woods and other conservative provocateurs such as Milo Yiannopoulos and Laura Loomer.
Calling all conservatives …
Taking heed of the mass censorship of conservatives on social media, the Trump administration has taken initiative to combat the liberal bias of social media giants, specifically assuring Woods that White House officials would get to the bottom of the issue.
“President Donald Trump has repeatedly complained that the nation's largest social media sites are censoring conservative voices,” USA Today reported last week. “Now the White House is looking for proof, [as the] Trump administration officials posted a website on Wednesday that seeks examples of Americans being censored on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.”
The administration is seeking to restore the freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution – a constitutional liberty that has been stolen from conservatives by liberals accusing them of “hate speech” because they do not embrace their unbiblical behavior.
"SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS should advance FREEDOM OF SPEECH,” the White House website states. “Yet too many Americans have seen their accounts suspended, banned or fraudulently reported for unclear 'violations' of user policies,"
It has taken proactive steps for censorship victims to regain their voice.
“The form then asks users to submit their name, phone number and disclose whether or not they are a U.S. citizen,” USA Today’s John Fritze and David Jackson informed. “Then the site asks for information about incidents of censorship. It was not immediately clear how the White House intends to use the information it collects.”