If Facebook didn’t have double standards, they wouldn’t have any at all. Post some mildly suggestive pics of a rowing club trying to raise some cash to fight cancer? Verboten! But if your name is appropriately ethnic and you put up some genitalia pics, that’s A-OK [NSFW]. If you’re anti-semitic, or just anti-Israel, and want to share your viewpoint with the world, Facebook is just fine with that. But criticize an anti-Isreal post, and you get a 12-hour time out. Now it’s TTAG’s turn for an electronic rap on the knuckles for posting the above video . . .
RF put that video up this morning. It depicts a little ISIS tyke in training walking into a room and slitting the throat of a teddy bear. You know, because practice makes perfect. The only comment RF wrote to accompany this little glimpse of horror was “Keep your powder dry.” And for the offense of showing barbarians committing barbarous acts (however tame, in this case), we got this love note from Zuckerberg’s arbiters of taste:
The punishment for the affront to political correctness that is revealing human debris demonstrating abominable behavior?
So be aware that you won’t be getting our posts coming through your news feed for the next day as we’ve earned ourselves a temporary vacation from the book of faces. Some of you may wonder if we merit this kind of treatment because of our focus on something as icky and socially unacceptable as guns. But there are just too many examples of Facebook’s arbitrary and capricious application of their “community standards” to make such a cut-and-dried judgement.
So please keep your attention focused here for the next day. And for those of you who rely on the social media behemoth for alerts to our latest posts, we’ll be back before you know it, tanned, rested and ready.