Children’s Book on Heroes of Liberty Censored on Facebook
As The Daily Wire previously reported, Heroes of Liberty, launched on November 14, offers biographies of such American heroes as President Ronald Reagan and economist Thomas Sowell to young readers. On December 23, Facebook locked the account, preventing it from posting ads. When the publisher appealed the ruling, Facebook responded by claiming that because Heroes of Liberty didn’t “comply with [their] policy on Low Quality or Disruptive Content,” it was permanently disabling the account.
One final appeal from the publisher brought this reply: “After a final review of this ad account, we confirmed it didn’t comply with our Advertising Policies or other standards. You can no longer advertise with this ad account and its ads and assets will remain disabled. This is our final decision…”
Mandel (Heroes of Liberty Editor) also went on Fox Business, telling the cable news outlet, “We are not in politics; we are in the business of creating beautiful stories about great people that will entertain children and give them life lessons. To cancel children’s books because they celebrate American values that 90% of Americans believe in isn’t even anti-conservative bias, it’s anti-American. Pure madness…”
Mandel’s complaint was also picked up by Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume, who tweeted later that evening, at 8:23 p.m., “This is sickening. The books were about Ronald Reagan, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Sowell. Facebook blocked ads for them claiming they violate a policy against ‘low-quality or disruptive’ content. What bullsh*t.”
An hour later, Andy Stone, policy communications director at Facebook’s parent company, Meta, replied to Hume that the ban was an “error” that “should not have happened.” Later, Facebook told multiple legislators and media figures who’d commented on the issue that it had made a mistake, though Mandel said the tech giant failed to reach out directly to her or her company, and she discovered Facebook had reversed its decision on Twitter.
Former Babylon Bee writer Frank Fleming summed up the episode, saying, “So when they say ‘This is our final decision’ they mean ‘This is our final decision unless you can cause a large enough outcry to force us to review it again.’”
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(Excerpt from The Daily Wire. Photo Credit: Getty Images)
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