American band TRAPT was reportedly booted from Facebook for sharing a meme.
“Nu-metal one hit wonders Trapt were kicked off of Facebook after the group shared a Proud Boy meme to promote their new account on social media site Parler,” Newsweek reported Nov. 19. Alternative-rock band Trapt had tweeted: “For posting this pic and saying the same thing in the post, Facebook has completely deleted the TRAPT FB account.” The official Trapt account then declared: “I will be suing Facebook.” Trapt was the nu-metal one-hit-wonder band known for the song “Headstrong” in 2002. Nu-metal was described in a article by The Guardian as a genre with “roots in the fusion of hard rock and hardcore rap.”
The TRAPT Twitter account said the post in question had been a call for fans to move to free speech app Parler. It was attached to a picture of a man rescuing a woman dressed as the Statue of Liberty with the words "Don't worry girl. We got you.” The post also took time to condemn Big Tech bias in general:
“We do! POYB! Come join the fun on the Parler app! Follow me @CTBTraptParler We will never be censored over there! Trapt FB, IG and Twitter become music only once this election is certified! It’s totally okay if those social media sites are only about escape, distraction, and lies.”
Newsweek also illustrated that according to the far-left Anti-Defamation League’s findings, "POYB" is a Proud Boys associated acronym for "Proud of your boy." "We've banned the Proud Boys since 2018 and prohibit their members from maintaining accounts on our platform," a Facebook spokesperson elucidated in an email when contacted by Newsweek.
Facebook’s moves to restrict activist groups in the name of preventing unrest have appeared to be completely partisan in nature.
Facebook executives have claimed they are restricting content to prevent “civil unrest.” But Facebook has repeatedly censored or banned groups on the right, while allowing reportedly violent Antifa factions and left-wing militia organizations.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had explained his concerns about upcoming civil unrest in an early September interview with Axios: "I think we need to be doing everything that we can to reduce the chances of violence or civil unrest in the wake of this election." He then went on to claim: "We're trying to make sure that we do our part to make sure that none of this is organized on Facebook.”
But the record shows that he has not taken sufficient action. Even after being contacted about what major media describe as violent groups such as Rose City Antifa and foreign political interference like far-left Canadian organization Adbusters, Facebook has proven it has not followed through on its commitment to reduce political unrest amidst the 2020 election.
Also, in mid-September Facebook allowed activists to organize on the platform to harass sitting U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) at his purported home address about how he intends to vote concerning a replacement for deceased Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Facebook did not respond to inquiry about why TRAPT's official account was reportedly banned as of the writing/publishing of this article.
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