Social Media Overrides First and Second Amendments
When a person or company sets up a social media account, they expect by following the rules, it would remain visible to the public and all who follow or subscribe to their post or videos.
Everyone is entitled to their opinions and beliefs according to the First Amendment.
Apparently, this is not so for social media when posting about the Second Amendment and pictures of guns.
Earlier this month Instagram deleted “The Firearm Blog” from social media and did not give a warning and no chance to reactivate their account.
“The Firearm Blog” has sent out this statement to its followers and subscribers:
“Without any warning, the social media platform Instagram has deleted The Firearm Blog’s account and all its contents. While the exact reason for the removal is unknown, it doesn’t take a modern-day Sherlock Holmes to make a few basic deductions. TFB’s account was nothing but images of guns and gear. We didn’t post nudity, profanity, incite violence or law breaking or illegal content of any kind. We never paid for followers or abused our account. Ever. Yet The Firearm Blog was deleted from Instagram.”
“The Firearm Blog” tried to get an answer as to why their account was deleted and this is the response they received from Instagram:
The account you’re referring to has been removed. We’re unable to restore accounts that have been permanently deleted. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this causes.
The Instagram Team”
The 2A community uses social media like any business or industry to get their words or stories out to the public.
When they have clearly done nothing wrong, they tried once again and set up another account for the blog. It is time-consuming to set up an account, but they are back up and running.
Their first shout out was to their loyal supporters with this message, “After getting Zucked by free speech hater Instagram, @thefirearmblog is back with a vengeance!”
After viewing the pictures which were posted, they show pictures and nothing more of the guns. There is no one shooting them and no one around holding them in a threatening manner.
Some of the guns they posted were G26, G19, G47, semi-automatic rifles for sportsmen, hunters, and marksmen, Singer Manufacturing Company 1911 pistols, SIG Rattler CaneBrake, and a Smith & Wesson Performance Center 629 .44 Magnum from the “Fast and Furious.”
All of these guns were for viewing pleasure and should have never been removed from social media because there was nothing harmful in posting them, and there were no policies broken.
Social media is deleting post and accounts which have any type of pro-gun association with the public. This includes Reddit, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
The Reddit platform updated its policies and continues to ban any and all gun-related post since March 21,2018. They were founded in 2005 and had a free for all posting site until gun control became an issue.
A statement was released after their policies went into effect, “As of March 21, 2018, we have made a new addition to our content policy forbidding transactions for certain classes of goods and services.
“Moving forward, we are prohibiting transactions that are either illicit or strictly controlled. Communities focused on such transactions, and users who attempt to conduct them will be banned from the site.”
The other social media platforms soon followed the same mentality.
Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube basically go along the same policies, and most of what is said in their guidelines are what is found under “Regulated Goods.”
The policy states they do not allow the “sales or purchases” of any firearms or any other regulated goods. There is no statement where it says a simple picture cannot be shown.
However, we live in a world where almost everyone seems to be offended by every little thing under the sun.
Guns are no exception.
All it takes is for someone to be offended and report the picture to the social media moderators or administration, and the post or pictures get removed immediately.
Our country was founded on our freedoms and our right to bear arms.
We now find ourselves in a place where those who are offended have more rights than the people who love the Constitution and who the Constitution was written for.
With today’s technology of social media, both the First and Second Amendments are under attack just like in the legislative branch.
This shows another tactic to hold Conservatives down.