On Monday, a post at Pundit Press reported that the “I hate it when I wake up and Sarah Palin is still alive” Facebook page has gathered over 3,300 members. But many conservatives say the social media giant, now with more than 900 million users, appears to be punishing them with warnings and bans for sharing links and posting comments, causing many to wonder if the site is employing a double standard on the content that is posted there.
The page displays a cartoon caricature of Palin holding a pistol to her head while claiming that it does not advocate assassinating the former governor.
Additionally, the page “likes” similarly-named pages targeting prominent figures like Ann Coulter, Pat Robertson, Rep. Michele Bachmann and former GOP Congressman Ron Paul.
According to Pundit Press, the page even attacked Barack Obama, calling him a “conservative.”
In April 2011, one poster at the site, a 54-year-old Marine veteran, expressed a desire to see Palin dead.
“PS Sarah Palin is still breathing which distresses me,” wrote Mark Hamblett.
The page remains live, despite a number of complaints to Facebook.
But the site apparently sees comments by conservatives in a whole different light. A number of grassroots conservatives have contacted Examiner saying they have been banned for simply commenting on posts.
One 68-year-old Facebook user told Examiner in an email that she was blocked from posting after sharing a video link to just six pages.
“I don’t know who to turn to,” she said, adding that her health prevented her from participating with local conservative groups.
Many conservatives have complained of similar treatment.
Earlier this month, Facebook threatened to shut down the popular “Chicks on the Right” fan page over a post critical of the Obama administration, but backed off and apologized after the story was reported by Fox News’ Todd Starnes.
Most grassroots conservatives, however, do not get the coverage that Mockarena and Daisy, the two administrators of “Chicks on the Right” got. As a result, they are routinely told their posts are “not relevant” or they get banned for posting something that someone else simply doesn’t like.
“I think people are starting to realize Facebook is not necessarily a safe place for conservatives,” Mockarena told Fox News.
“They are targeting conservatives,” she added, saying that liberals on Facebook are “hell-bent” on silencing conservatives.
As a result of what many see as a double standard, Facebook-like alternatives like Tea Party Community and WePluribUS have sprung up, giving conservatives a safe place to connect and share their message. Facebook, however, with hundreds of millions of users, remains the primary social media site used by most politically active conservatives.
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