‘Black Panther recruitment group’ posts image of officer being killed. “Doesn’t violate community standards.”

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Warning: This story contains depictions of graphic violence directed at law enforcement and may be upsetting to some readers. 

MENLO PARK, CA – Does Facebook condone violence against the law enforcement community? We will let you, the reader, decide.

At Law Enforcement Today, we are here to support the LEO community in whatever ways we can. But we also strive to call people out on their blatant disregard for the lives and safety of the men and women who comprise the Thin Blue Line.   

What we do know, is that the Black Panther Party Recruitment Department is apparently alive and well on Facebook.

A portrait posted on their recruiting page depicts a police officer, hands tied behind his back, getting his throat slit with a knife by a man covered in all black clothing.

Many of the comments that accompany the post are equally as vile. While it has been reported for violation of Community Standards, Facebook responded by letting those who reported it know that it is apparently not a violation.

They went so far as to say that it was up to the user to follow steps to avoid seeing content like this in the future. One of those Facebook users, Chris Blanco, posted his response to the social media platform’s answer. 

One can certainly understand the frustration shown in his response back to Facebook (more on this later).

According to Facebook’s own words in the Community Standards section, the following content is not allowed on Facebook and will be removed: 

Dismemberment
Visible internal organs; partially decomposed bodies
Charred or burning people unless in the context of cremation or self-immolation when that action is a form of political speech or newsworthy
Victims of cannibalism
Throat-slitting (see disturbing image above)
 
The policy rationale behind these removals states: 
 
“We remove content that glorifies violence or celebrates the suffering or humiliation of others because it may create an environment that discourages participation.
 
We allow graphic content (with some limitations) to help people raise awareness about issues. We know that people value the ability to discuss important issues like human rights abuses or acts of terrorism.
 
We also know that people have different sensitivities with regard to graphic and violent content.
 
For that reason, we add a warning label to especially graphic or violent content so that it is not available to people under the age of eighteen and so that people are aware of the graphic or violent nature before they click to see it.”
 
But Facebook reviewed this reported violation, only to say there is nothing wrong with it, offering to help the reporter avoid that type of content in the feed. 
 

Murdered officer's grave desecrated before headstone even placed

 
So, if it doesn’t violate the throat-slitting rule, perhaps it violates one of these: 
 
“We do not allow the following people (living or deceased) or groups to maintain a presence (for example, have an account, Page, Group) on our platform:
 
Terrorist organizations and terrorists, which include:

“Any non-state actor that:

“Engages in, advocates, or lends substantial support to purposive and planned acts of violence, which causes or attempts to cause death, injury or serious harm to civilians, or any other person not taking direct part in the hostilities in a situation of armed conflict, and/or significant damage to property linked to death, serious injury or serious harm to civilians with the intent to coerce, intimidate and/or influence a civilian population, government, or international organization in order to achieve a political, religious, or ideological aim.”

Ok, maybe this one then: 
 
“Hate organizations and their leaders and prominent members

“A hate organization is defined as:

“Any association of three or more people that is organized under a name, sign, or symbol and that has an ideology, statements, or physical actions that attack individuals based on characteristics, including race, religious affiliation, nationality, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexual orientation, serious disease or disability.”

Still not a violation? 

Well, how about this: 
 
“Criminal organizations and their leaders and prominent members
“A criminal organization is defined as:
“Any association of three or more people that is united under a name, color(s), hand gesture(s) or recognized indicia, that has engaged in or threatens to engage in criminal activity, including (but not limited to):
Homicide
Drug trafficking
Arms trafficking
Identity theft
Money laundering
Extortion or trafficking
Assault
Kidnapping”
 
Facebook also states: 
 
“We do not allow content that praises any of the above organizations or individuals or any acts committed by them.
We do not allow coordination of support for any of the above organizations or individuals or any acts committed by them. 
We do not allow content that praises, supports, or represents events that Facebook designates as terrorist attacks, hate crimes or mass shootings.”
 
Or:
 
'Black Panther recruitment group' posts image of officer being killed.  "Doesn't violate community standards."
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Ironically, they say that they work with law enforcement. Does this coordination cease to exist when the negative content is directed at cops?

Just in these paragraphs, written by Facebook, we see six different areas that this post violates. 

Many who condone this type of post and rhetoric might point to the events surrounding to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis as a reason why Facebook should leave the post online. 

But, we all know that calling for, and the commission of, mass violence against the law enforcement community is not the answer. This point is not lost on Mr. Blanco. 

So, why should he be so upset by Facebook’s response? 

To start, the picture posted in the BPP Recruitment Department page is disgusting and mortifying. It violates numerous sections of the Community Standards section of Facebook. 

But when you weigh what Facebook allows to stay with what it decides to censor, it becomes mind-boggling. 

4 months ago, Facebook unpublished and then completely deleted my business page without giving any reason as to why….

Posted by Chris Blanco on Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Blanco posted the above about a week ago, concerning his business, Freedom Hard. In his post, he asks Facebook a simple question:

“Why is it that I can see Facebook pages and content that support riots, abuse of animals, messages supporting the killing of cops and crimes of all sorts with millions of views but a brand that stands for patriotism and giving back to communities continues to be shut down by the Facebook community standards team?” 

Excellent question, Chris.

How does Facebook condone the depiction of murdering cops and an affiliation with a domestic organization, while simultaneously shutting people down that have a conservative ideology and discuss it in public?

How much more of this alleged censorship will be tolerated? 

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