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Crazy. Strange. Absurd. Incredible.
Pick your adjective. On Friday night, Facebook alerted The Iowa Standard that the page would be considered for publishing due to this post shared on the page:
The post was in reference to the incident in Ohio where a police officer used deadly force to stop an individual armed with a knife who was reportedly attempting to stab others.
Facebook, however, declared the post was
We elected to disagree with Facebook’s decision. Despite their claim of having fewer reviewers available due to COVID, on a Friday night, they reached a decision in under one hour.
We quickly started a Facebook Live to let everyone know they should sign up for our email newsletter and follow us at Twitter, MeWe or Parler. We explained the situation and also showed that LeBron James is still active on Twitter and Facebook even though he posted a true incitement of violence earlier this week on social media.
President of the Iowa Senate, Sen. Jake Chapman, who floor managed the Big Tech Censorship bill through the chamber, joined the Live to discuss his efforts to stop Big Tech Censorship in Iowa.
Sen. Chapman described the problem and he talked about all the benefits Big Tech companies in Iowa are receiving through tax credits and other tax breaks. As he was stating the companies pay no taxes, Facebook ended the live video and removed it. As of this writing (12:18 a.m. on Saturday) the post has not been restored.
We told Sen. Chapman after he finished making his point the video had been ended and removed by Facebook.
We started another Facebook Live and continued the conversation. Sen. Chapman shared some of his final remarks from debate when the bill passed, noting that in Poland they passed aggressive bills addressing Big Tech censorship because the country recognizes that censorship of speech is one of the first steps toward communism.
As he made that point, Facebook again immediately stopped the video and removed it.
The Iowa Standard could not do anything on Facebook. I could also not do anything on my personal account.
However, Facebook representatives were alerted to the situation and as of late Friday night, it appears everything has been restored.
It was a wild and crazy ride on Friday, but it appears the wrong has been righted in this one incident.
But the incident is further proof of the need for the Iowa legislature to step in and defend Iowans’ right to free speech here on the public square!
Sen. Chapman urged Iowans who want to see something done about this issue to contact House Republicans. The bill would need to move through committee.
Therefore Republicans to contact include Steve Holt, Pat Grassley and Matt Windschitl.