Over the past fortnight, we’ve seen several anti-racism pages completely disappear from facebook.
First, slackbastard was taken down. Although, after a successful appeal, the page was reinstated.
Then, we at ReclaimWhat began to experience random posts being removed for violating Facebook’s community standards, the problem? They didn’t.
There was a removal of a radio interview we uploaded. The reason? It contained “nudity.” How an audio file contains nudity is beyond me.
Then, there was the removal of our video which contained an interview conducted on 4 Corners (ABC), 51 years ago. A time where even exposing cleavage would be deemed inappropriate and unsuitable for prime time television. Why was this removed? Nudity. Did it contain any nudity whatsoever? No.
Although neither of these resulted in actual page removal, we were clearly under attack again from the far-right exploiting facebook reporting algorithms. We spoke to several people we would consider to be subject matter experts, who agreed, it is a known issue and downfall of the facebook reporting system.
Wind forward a day, and the entire ‘fake death certificate’ fiasco began. Of course, we got the blame. That’s when Fay Hill’s ‘United Australia Front’ rallied their entire page to report our page in one go. We got removed. What for? An image of a LGBTQI community flag.
Then, they removed images of our smashed swastika.
What makes this so much more unfair, is that only hours before, facebook approved both of these images for advertising. We approached them for this hypocrisy, they refuse to acknowledge their failure.
Our second page was then hit, and removed for this:
We then created our third page. Although it was reported, again, this time, for posting a news article:
The very same article that TheGuardian had posted to their own, verified page, hours earlier. Is theirs still there? Yes.
We have found a way to temporarily stave off removal, unfortunately, it involves money.
Then, last night, our comrades over at Aussies Against the Australian Defence League were removed. The entire page – deleted.
Initially, we blamed Australian pages for the reporting. It seems we may have been wrong. See, in the last week, Ralph Cerminara over at the ‘Left Wing Bigots Exposed’ page, who inadvertently identitied himself as leader, had been publicly discussing a truce with ‘Pioneer Little Europe’.
Who are ‘Pioneer Little Europe’? A white supremacist group attempting to setup a white-only enclave in North Dakota, USA.
Their leader was jailed for terrorising people in his quest, in particular, one failed rally through the streets with gun-touting white supremacist friends, trying to scare the idea into people. This is abhorrent.
Recently, the page, run by this man and his following, has been targeting Australian pages.
Whether this is run through a scripted attack, or mass means, it’s quite transparent.
To add to the already disgusting notions of ‘Patriotic’ American White Supremacists targeting Australian anti-racism pages, just take a look at how they responded to the Charleston hate shooting. Apparently, Black people deserved it.
These people are sick, sick, twisted racists. That and UPF sympathise with them:
This is why it’s time for us to take this offline. Our ad campaign launch begins tonight, and we have big ideas in mind, but remember, we need the help of you.
We will release more details soon.
Keep your eyes peeled!