I’ve stayed on Facebook too long and it’s time to go. I’ve developed a presence on other social media platforms over the past few years but getting friends and fellow conservatives to follow is like pulling teeth. I’ve heard all the excuses: “I don’t like the format,” which is bunk, because they all resemble that used by Facebook and Twitter, or “None of my friends are there,” well, of course…because YOU aren’t there, or my favorite, “I’m too busy.” Don’t even get me started on “I’m too busy,” which has become the mantra of soft and spoiled 21st century Americans.
OK, so why leave Facebook? Well, unless you live in a cave, or get all your news from the mainstream media, you should already know that Facebook, along with Twitter, Google and YouTube, have been aggressively censoring conservative content for the past few years and the pace of that censorship has increased dramatically. Who has been censored? Good question. The list is too long for the limited space they give me here, but here are a few examples of people and organizations either completely blocked or censored by Facebook and other liberal Big Tech organizations: President Donald J. Trump, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, The New York Post, Alex Jones & Infowars, Prager University, GOP Senator Marsha Blackburn, Diamond and Silk, Laura Loomer, Jihad Watch, David Horowitz of FrontPage magazine, Steven Crowder, Fox News contributor Michelle Malkin, Paul Joseph Watson, TGP’s Jim Hoft, Jack Posobiec, GOP Rep. Mark Meadows, GOP Rep. Jim Jordan, GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz, Dennis Michael Lynch, and hundreds more. Of course, many of you will say, “well, I’ve never been censored,” but that is incorrect. Truth is, conservatives are censored, or “shadow-banned” daily without their knowledge. Think all your friends saw that article you posted on new Covid19 research or Hunter Biden’s laptop? Think again. Facebook has algorithms that limited the reach of posts on certain subjects or by certain people. Once you’ve been visited by the “Fact Checkers,” who are actually censors from decidedly leftwing organizations, you are watched closely, and a stretch in “Facebook Jail” awaits. Here is a good example of how it works. I’ve had a political page on Facebook since 2011 and worked my way up to 3300 followers. In 2019, about the same time the social media Jihad against Donald Trump began in earnest, I started getting “warnings” of “false and misleading information” (translation: news that makes liberals look bad) on some posts. Literally within two weeks, the weekly views of my page went from 127,000 to less than 100.
I’m also amused at those who proudly boast about just getting out of Facebook Jail and are now back “to fight the good fight.” First, their posts are now only seen by a few of their friends, and second, their act of crawling back to Facebook after being banned is akin to the worst case of “battered wife syndrome.” It’s actually pretty sad.
So, why do Facebook and other leftist-owned social media giants find it necessary to censor conservatives? Well other than the fact that leftist tyrants hate free speech, the answer is much simpler: conservatives on social media played a huge role in getting Donald Trump elected in 2016, and the left just could not handle that. In fact, conservative voters became better informed through social media than their liberal counterparts. A scientific poll consisting of 23 questions on current issues was conducted by “Just Facts” in 2016 and showed that Trump voters on average got 43% of the questions correct as opposed to 31% for Clinton voters. Guess that’s what watching CNN will do for you.
If you are conservative and you stay on Facebook or other liberal social media platforms, your presence is helping to elect Democrats to office. The Amistad Project discovered that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg funneled $500 Million to a number of leftwing organizations to help sway the 2020 election. That was money he made by your presence on Facebook and your information that he sold.
If you want to continue to help Zuck and his leftist friends change America into a socialist “paradise,” by all means, stay on Facebook. If you want to preserve your freedom, follow me to free speech platforms like USA.life, MeWe, Gab, Gettr, and Parler.
As Ben Franklin once said, “tyranny begins with ignorance”.
Dwight Weidman is a resident of Greene Township and is a graduate of Shepherd University. He is retired from the United States Department of Defense. His career included assignments In Europe, Asia and Central America. He has been in leadership roles for the Republican Party in two states, most recently serving two terms as Chairman of the Franklin County Republican Party. He has been involved in web publishing since 1996 and is publisher of The Franklin County Journal. He has been an Amateur Radio Operator since 1988, getting his first license in Germany. He is a past volunteer with both Navy and Army MARS, Military Auxiliary Radio Service, and is also an NRA-Certified Firearms Instructor.