The original story is on Breitbart:
Though I ran into it here and followed the link in it. (Sonofsoylentgreen is a bit beyond R rated… FFN and Language) Have to say I agree with the sentiment. The article at Breitbart says that NOW FaceBook is saying it was a mistake. Yeah, after enough heat they start to catch a clue.
There wasn’t any risk I was ever going to have a Facebook account (it’s a time sink and privacy selling data sucking site) but with the kind of attitude that would diss the SEALs, well, got not use for them at all. One can only hope folks will “abandon FaceBook in droves”…
The updated Breitbart article says:
by AWR Hawkins 30 Oct 2012
UPDATE: Facebook Manager Andrew Noyes emailed the following to Breitbart News this morning: We wanted to follow up on the Special Operations Speaks PAC (SOS) article published on Breitbart.com last night. I assure you that removing the image was not an act of censorship on our part. This was an error and we apologize for any inconvenience it may have caused.
Over the weekend, Facebook took down a message by the Special Operations Speaks PAC (SOS) which highlighted the fact that Obama denied backup to the forces being overrun in Benghazi.
An error? AN error? AN ERROR?? That’s sounds like a bald faced ass cover to me. Yeah, they screwed up, big time, but the “error” was in doing what they wanted to do and getting called out on it. There is only one reason to pull that poster. ‘Obamamania’ caused not wanting to have bad things said about their Sugar Daddy. Well guess what, buckos, Real Men died because someone in the Obamanation was too focused on a political STORY to think about little things like “Duty, Honor, Country” and maybe there are some things in life more important than grasping after the power that you are to dim witted to use properly. If was an A-1 First Class Screw Up, and the Commander In Chief was in charge. Get The Foit Over It.
Back to the article:
I spoke with Larry Ward, president of Political Media, Inc — the media company that handles SOS postings and media production. Ward was the one who personally put the Navy SEAL meme up, and the one who received the warning from Facebook and an eventual 24 hour suspension from Facebook because Ward put the meme back up after Facebook told him to take it down.
You can hit the link for a large quote of what Larry Ward said. Basically they took the ‘warning’ that they had violated FaceBook “Rights and responsibilities” and added it to the picture and reposted. (It’s a Baaadd idea to annoy the SEALs…)
Along with the re-posted meme, Ward put a link to the Facebook “feedback comment” inbox so visitors to the SOS page could send a message to Facebook if they were as outraged over the meme being jerked down as he was.
IMHO, a nice bit of “journalistic Judo” ;-) Or perhaps Aikido… proper use of an opponents energy and actions against themselves…
So, in support of that notion, I would encourage anyone with a web site / blog who supports the SEALs to put up a copy of that little poster… I have a smallish low res version here. If anyone finds a larger res version, let me know. Until then, feel free to link this one.
The article ends with:
Ward said Facebook pulled the re-posted meme down within 7 or 8 hours and suspended the SOS account for 24 hours.
In other words, Facebook put the Navy SEALS in timeout in order to shield Obama.
How low can you go?
So lets get this straight:
Facebook didn’t just pull it down ONCE. They pulled it down TWICE and put a 24 hour suspension on the entire account. That is not an “error”, that is a deliberate act, confirmed over days, with plenty of time to contemplate.
Sure, when the heat got hot enough they decided to go for the butt cover of calling it an “error”. Is is really getting caught with the hand in the cookie jar (or more accurately, caught doing book burning of language they didn’t like).
Facebook? Just say no.
SEALs: Anything you need, any day, any time. If I have it, or can do it, I’m in.
(I may be old and not have much, but who knows, maybe somebody needs a geek who looks like a fat tourist ;-) Or even just a place to put up a poster… )