Facebook has banned the page of gay magazine Gaystream after they published an article critical of Islam in the wake of the Orlando massacre.
The social media platform has again been censoring pages that criticise Islam. Facebook banned the page of gay magazine Gaystream after the publication wrote an article attacking people for defending the attitudes of the religion towards homosexuals.
Journalist and editor-in-chief of Gaystream, David Berger, claimed that the site had blocked the magazine’s page because of an article that sharply criticised Green party activists who “played down the causes of the attack,” Junge Freiheit writes.
Mr. Berger claims that not only was the Facebook page deactivated, but his personal account was also shut down for 30 days after he posted an article he had written called: “Cologne professional Homos scale new stage of Islam-masochism.” In the article, he heavily criticised the Cologne Gay Museum director Dr. Brigit Bosold who told German media she was more afraid of straight white men than Islamic radicals and migrants.
“Whoever had thought the culmination of masochism and Islam-appeasement by left-green professional homosexuals was already achieved, will now be mistaken: it becomes even more masochistic and perverse,” Mr. Berger wrote.
The article which prompted the banning of Gaystream is unknown, as Facebook did not give the magazine any specific examples of how they had broken the terms of service of the website.
Multiple articles have come out on Gaystream following the massacre in an Orlando night club that killed 49 people this past weekend. One of the articles pointed out the fact that before the shooting a radical Imam had spoken out about homosexuality in the city and advocated the death penalty for LGBT individuals.
British-born Imam Farrokh Sekaleshfar gave a talk in March in which he stated that death is the sentence for homosexuality and that “we have to have that compassion for people. With homosexuals, it’s the same. Out of compassion, let’s get rid of them now.”
Gaystream and David Berger single out German Justice Minister Heiko Maas as being behind the censorship of their site on Facebook. Mr. Maas teamed up with the Amadeus Antonio Foundation who are led by ex-stasi operative Anetta Kahane. The organisation is tasked with stamping out “xenophobic” comments online across social media platforms and works in tandem with those platforms to shut down pages and user accounts.
The Amadeus Antonio Foundation was recently the target of a protest by the hipster-right Identitarian movement who put up posters claiming that the building which houses the foundation was the new home of the old East-German secret police.
The crackdowns on free speech and expression by Facebook and Twitter have reached new territory as LGBT men and women express their outrage over the Orlando massacre. Breitbart Tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos had his own account briefly suspended over comments made in reaction to the shootings after a mob of angry Muslim users reported him to Twitter en masse.