Facebook deleted GotNews.com’s account and eliminated its 1500 followers after we published how a top State Department official was on Ashley Madison. It also froze out the personal account of Charles C. Johnson. Johnson’s personal account has since been restored.
GotNews.com reported how State Department official Bryan Schaaf was using the adultery website earlier this week. Schaaf oversees the refugee health portfolio for the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.
— Chuck Johnson Fans (@CCJFans) October 13, 2015
His presence on the adultery website is a fireable offense and yet Johnson was suspended for the post on his personal Facebook account as well as on GotNews.com’s Facebook page.
We contacted Katie Harbath, the global lead for politics and government engagement at Facebook. Harbath previously worked for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, according to LinkedIn.
Harbath put us in touch with Don Seymour, who is the US Politics & Government Outreach Manager for Facebook and before that, a long time aid of John Boehner.
Seymour said that an unnamed Facebook official had decided that we violated the very vague “community standards” of Facebook. We asked what those were and Seymour did not return repeated requests for comment. Seymour also didn’t answer why revealing the infidelity of a public official was a violation of those “community standards.”
Seymour, who previously worked for John Boehner, refused to also compensate us for the 1500 followers that previously ‘liked’ GotNews.com though he was apologetic and gave us back our old domain name. You can ‘like’ GotNews.com here.
We aren’t conspiracy theorists at GotNews.com but it seems hard not to notice that two former staffers for the Republican establishment allowed our account to be deleted just days after we ended the would-be speakership of Kevin McCarthy.
Similarly Facebook has been caught censoring anti-immigrant, anti-migrant posts, according to a report in Breitbart.
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, later told Chancelor Angela Merkel that he was working on censoring anti-migrant Facebook posts.
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Using Facebook ads was how we ended the Speakership of Kevin McCarthy. (We targeted the Facebook ads to McCarthy’s congressional district and exposed his long running affair with Congresswoman Renee Ellmers.)