My verified Facebook fan page, with a quarter of a million followers, has had its reach limited by the platform for alleged “hate speech” violations.
As someone who has been a passionate defender of those who face discrimination in our society, I am especially upset but Facebook’s conclusion that I’m guilty of perpetuating hate speech, which is defined by the American Library Association as “any form of expression through which speakers intend to vilify, humiliate, or incite hatred against a group or a class of persons on the basis of race, religion, skin color sexual identity, gender identity, ethnicity, disability, or national origin.”
I, of course, didn’t do that. In reality, all I did was post a couple of jokes on Facebook, one that made fun of the confederate flag and one that mocked those men who think women were created by God to serve them. Facebook (or its automated algorithms) thought the best course of action was to limit my reach and engagement. This isn’t the first such interaction I’ve had with Facebook. Just last month, I posted about how Facebook demonetized my page, limiting the money I make from supporters. And I’ve had my fair share of bans and suspensions in the past, too.
Throughout all that time, even when—as now—I’ve disagreed with the decision, I’ve never claimed that Facebook was limiting my free speech. I have maintained that it is their right to enforce their (often arbitrary or contradictory) rules, and that I have the right to take my business and supporters elsewhere. In this case, I’m switching a lot of my content to Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/DavidGMcAfee), where supporters will get exclusive updates, books, and other bonus content for their contributions. If you aren’t a fan of monthly subscriptions, you can also support me by buying my books, making a one-time donation on PayPal (https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/DavidGMcAfee/25), or getting an item off my Amazon wishlist (https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/14JVAG5CHTKGL).
Despite the fact that Facebook hasn’t violated my free speech, I’ll be migrating away from that platform for much of my content. In addition to the posts I’ll be making on Patreon, I’ll also be posting more often to Instagram and Twitter. You can also subscribe to this blog to make sure you don’t miss out on any major announcements.
Facebook limited my reach based on purported “hate speech” posts and didn’t give me the opportunity to appeal its decision. Instead of falsely claiming that this is a constitutional violation of my free speech, I’m going to move more of my work the Patreon and other platforms. ��♂️
— David G. McAfee (@DavidGMcAfee) February 9, 2021
To those who have supported me for the last decade on Facebook, I greatly appreciate you! And while I won’t be leaving it completely, Facebook will make sure you see fewer and fewer of my posts, so I hope to see you out there on another platform!
Yours in Reason,
David G. McAfee