This 4th of July weekend, Facebook is censoring the hashtag #Revolution. If you search Facebook for #Revolution, you will be given the following message: “Posts with #Revolution are temporarily hidden here. Some content in those posts goes against our Community Standards”.
Clicking “Learn More” provides no explanation for why #Revolution is censored. Instead, one is sent to Facebook’s long list of Community Standards. The first of what appears to be hundreds of paragraphs says “[Facebook is] a service for more than two billion people to freely express themselves across countries”.
Needless to say, banning everyone from searching a word because a fraction of the search results are allegedly problematic doesn’t really vibe with “free expression.”
Happy Independence Day weekend, everyone. Celebrate the American #Revolution where you still can. Off Facebook.