Facebook Doubles Down: BANS Pamela Geller For Criticizing Islam

Pamela Geller is interviewed at The Associated Press, Thursday, May 7, 2015 in New York. Geller is one of the nation’s most outspoken critics of Islamic extremism, taking the hard-edge view that such extremism sprouts not from fringe elements but the tenets of the religion itself. She was the organizer …
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Just hours after they removed her 50,000-strong group, “Stop Islamization Of America,” Facebook has issued prominent Islam critic Pamela Geller with a 30-day ban.

Geller, who has previously been targeted for assassination by ISIS due to her criticism of Islam, was banned for a comment criticizing President Obama for neglecting to mention Islam or Muslims in his comments on yesterday’s terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida. According to Facebook, the message violated their community standards — but they did not specify which specific section of their standards was breached.


Facebook did, however, provide a reason for their earlier removal of Geller’s “Stop Islamization Of America” page. According to the social media company, the 50,000 strong group, which had been live on Facebook since 2010, was “hateful.” Here’s the full text of Facebook’s email to Geller:

The group “Stop islamization of America” has been removed because it violated our Terms of Use. Among other things, groups that are hateful, threatening, or obscene are not allowed. We also take down groups that attack an individual or group, or advertise a product or service. Continued misuse of Facebook’s features could result in your account being disabled.

The suspension of one of the most prominent conservative critics of Islam, one day after the deadliest act of Muslim terrorism since 9/11 is extraordinary behaviour for Facebook, particularly given that they spent much of last month trying to convince the public that they aren’t biased against conservatives.

In a post on her personal website, Geller slammed Facebook for their sudden censorship of her posts and her group.

“Facebook has enormous power, and implements fascist sharia-compliant policies on free speech in the wake of unfathomable slaughter” wrote Geller. “Every freedom lover should be outraged.”

Facebook did not respond to a request for comment.

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