Facebook’s two sets of community standards: One for libs, one for the rest of us

On Saturday, Facebook user Jeanette Tye Runyon said she was told by Facebook that a profane, explicit threat of violence and death does not violate the site’s community standards.

According to Runyon, who provided screenshots of the threats, the individual in question messaged her “out of the blue,” but, she added, targeted her — she believes — because she revealed an earlier post the user made.

Here’s the messages she was sent, and the reader should be warned — this is quite explicit, even with redactions of some of the ranker obscenities:Shot 1Shot 2Facebook reacted with this canned response:


As it turns out, offender, Kamran Maharramov, also posted another vile message on another page:


Let’s put this in perspective. Individuals like this can post vile, profane threats that clearly violate Facebook’s standards, and the site will do nothing.

Those who oppose Islamic terrorism, on the other hand, can be banned for any reason or no reason at all. They can even be banned for things they never even posted.

The company’s executives and spokespeople like to claim the site promotes free speech, but it seems that some users have more freedom than others.

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Joe Newby

Joe Newby

Joe Newby is an IT professional. He has written for Conservative Firing Line, Examiner, NewsBusters, and Spokane Faith and Values.


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