Friday night, the “Virgin Mary Should’ve Aborted (VMSA)” page was removed by Facebook.
A campaign launched by Cary Bogue, CEO of Project Wildfire and owner of the Facebook Page Catholics & Protestants United Against Christian Discrimination, to push Facebook to follow their Community Standards proved successful.
Bogue points out, “This is not a First Amendment issue but rather an issue of FB’s own standards regarding Hate Speech. According to Facebook standards, ‘we do not permit individuals or groups to attack others based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or medical condition.’ ”
This isn’t Bogue’s first battle with VMSA and its 12,000 followers, whom he refers to as the biggest anti-Christian Page on Facebook. Last July, he waged a successful battle to have the page removed after 20,000 signatures and a Twitter campaign, only to have upper level management re-instate the page.
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I am pretty pro-free-speech, so I am not sure what to think. I would say, given FB’s “Community Standards,” it had to go. Yet, if they were not on Facebook, but had their own domain, it would be different.
What say you?