Don’t think for a moment that the First Amendment means a thing on Facebook.
According to Breitbart.com, a group of companies and gun-rights advocates say the mammoth social media platform has been “actively suppressing” their posts, diminishing their visibility in Americans’ social media network.
“Content that would normally reach our nearly one million followers has steadily dropped to a fraction of what it once was, despite our page’s continual growth of new followers,” said Rob Russo, the social media manager for Alien Gear Holsters, in a statement. Alien Gear is one of the companies pushing back against Mark Zuckerberg’s media giant.
“We have over 700,000 likes on our Facebook page and tremendous reader response to our material,” said Concealed Nation publisher Brandon Curtis. “We didn’t change a thing about the way we post (but) in February our Facebook traffic fell off a cliff,” he said in the story. “It sank by nearly 50 percent in that first month.”
When Curtis contact Facebook, the story says he was told his company’s page was “suppressed” due to “too much commercial content.”
When Luke McCoy of USA Carry contacted the company for similar reasons, he was told “people were claiming (USA Carry’s) content was overly promotional.”
Other groups joining the pushback against Facebook include Gun Owners of America and The Truth About Guns.
This isn’t the first time Facebook has shown its anti-gun side. Earlier this year, the company banned the arrangement of gun sales on the site.
Breitbart previously reported that Facebook shut down author Brandon Maddox’s account because he was selling a book that provides instructions for getting a Federal Firearms License, because it includes the word “firearms.” Even though his post wasn’t an ad for the sale of firearms, his account was still shut down.