Tea Party Community, Facebook, & Censorship
Some conservatives feel they have been discriminated against and unfairly evicted by the social media giant, Facebook.
Americans for Prosperity, a well-known conservative political action group, had their advertisements removed from Facebook after users claimed the advertisements were misleading. Facebook reinstated the ads later, saying a moderator had mistakenly removed them.
The Council of Conservative Americans, a pro-white organization, had their Facebook group completely removed after complaints.
Facebook is Censorship Happy
It should be noted that Facebook censors many groups, pictures, and posts unfairly. It has censored paintings of nude people by the old masters. People reporting on the Occupy Wall Street movement have had their postings removed and blocked.
Apparently, women using their breasts for nature's intended purpose are completely taboo. The most demure photo of a woman breastfeeding her child is banned, but highly sexualized photos of huge breasted women in skimpy tops are okay.
Everyone, liberals and conservatives, are being banned. But conservatives seem to always feel picked on - listen to Sarah Palin or Rush Limbaugh talk - and have decided to "take their ball and go home."
Facebook's Newest Competition?
Facebook's newest competitor, the Tea Party Community, officially announced it was open for business on February 2, 2013. It claims to be the place for conservatives to congregate and socialize without fear of censorship. Ken Crow, a Tea Party Community co-founder, says the new website will be a safe place where conservative Americans can share ideas and meet with like-minded people who are sick of Facebook's constant harassment and warnings.
In December, WePluribUs was also launched as a conservative alternative to Facebook. It hasn't fared as well. Details are here.
Tea Party Community Website
The Tea Party Community pages have the look of Facebook. There is the familiar colors and formats - even the "thumbs up" symbol. The site is so similar to Facebook that I am surprised Facebook hasn't sued for copyright infringement. Can you imagine the outcry then? The media giant is picking on the poor conservatives again.
If you browse the groups on the Tea Party Community website, you'll see the usual conservative groups: homeschooling, fundamentalist Christian,uber- patriotic, survivalists and the ever present conservative favorite - conspiracytheorists. The group Gun Rights contains these threads: "We are being LIED TO........Obama ORDERED the murders in Connecticut", and "Civil War Coming? You Betcha.... " This explains why a good friend who was visiting family in North Carolina found it just about impossible to find ammunition for his gun so he could practice target shooting. This is the kind of mindset that leads to kids being held against their will in underground bunkers.
Censorship at the Tea Party Community
This new community sounds like a great place for people who believe that there should be no muzzling of the freedom of speech - but will the Tea Partiers be supportive of fellow members with differing points of view with which they don't agree?
Apparently not. I came across a written conversation on a page called Patriotic Ninjas. A young woman was asking why her mother had been evicted from the Tea Party Community. Her mother, a fellow conservative, had put up a poll asking other members if they thought the people, not the federal government, should decide the question about gay marriage. She was apparently booted from the conservative community without any warnings.
I myself have been banned from their website. I didn't make any posts or comments; All I did was "friend" some colorful people. The Tea Party Community apparently doesn't care for the company I keep. My IP address has been blocked, and I get the message "You have been banned from the site." Irony at its finest.
The Tea Party Community did have problems with their website on the day of its launch. There was a lot of speculation that hackers were causing problems. Maybe they think I am some evil computer genius who was mucking up their site, not just a harmless computer neophyte. This is another example of the paranoia that runs rampant through the ultra-conservative community. Everyone is out to get them!
Tea Party Community and Exclusion
It is highly ironic that the website that was formed because of their distaste of censorship and love of the First Amendment has become what they claim to hate: the Big Brothers that ban any thoughts and actions which don't conform to their beliefs.
I am very doubtful that the Tea Party Community will have even a fraction of the global impact that Facebook and its one billion+ members has. I doubt other conservative groups such as Muslims will receive a warm welcome at this site.
I am afraid that by blocking out every other dissenting opinion, the neo-conservative people will become even more afraid and exclusive of their fellow American citizens. We, liberals and conservatives, may not agree on a much, but we all love our country. We will always be the United States of America.
Ken Crow Responds
Mr. Crow, co-founder of Restoring America Project, a contributing author to The Tea Party Tribune, and one of the Tea Party Community website's co-founders left a comment in response to this article below. After confirming it was indeed Mr. Crow, I have added the comment as his personal rebuttal to my article.
Ken Crow's Comments
For the record; There are only 3 reasons Tea Party Community will ban a person.
1. Posting Pornographic material.
2. Issuing a threat against the government or an elected official.
3. Issuing a threat or being abusive to another member.
This is not my opinion, this is in our Terms of Service agreement. We embrace free speech. We do not even ban members that are on the more liberal side or political beliefs. But understand, this is a "Tea Party" aka Conservative site for those with leanings toward conservative political beliefs. Facebook for instance is in fact a site for everyone, however; in the last several months they have in fact been suspending or deleting accounts that are in fact as they say "overtly political or conservative". We had hundreds of patriots come to our site because of this practice by Facebook.
A political site in nature will attract peoples passion for one subject or side or another. It is natural. But know this, we are not banning people for their viewpoints. If you did accidentally get banned, please come open another account. That was not our intention to ban you for posting your belief on a topic, unless you were abusive about it.
Have you heard of the Tea Party Community?
Tea Party Reading
- Tea party gives no TV help to GOP hopefuls - POLITICO.com
TV viewers in battleground Senate states have been bombarded with ads the past few months from virtually every group under the sun. All but one, that is: the tea party. Several conservative outside groups that propped up tea party candidates and gave
- The Tea Party Syndrome--Do you have it?
Tea Party Syndroms Here is a list which may be used to diagnose how far from reality an individual is. Holding six or more of the beliefs qualifies you for membership in the Tea Party. Ten or more is an indication that you have lost nearly all touch
- Sarah Palin's Birtherday Tea Party