Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Criticizing Tony Carr is Against Community Standards
For a third time, a criticism of Tony Carr's contributions on his JQP Facebook page offered up on my own page, has led to content being removed and me being banned. It would seem this anonymous in-love-with-Tony-Carr personality spends quite a bit of time claiming that my shared opinions violate that social media's community standards.
It would also seem that Tony Carr's "public figure" Facebook page has recently been removed. Perhaps, for some reason, Tony has decided he is no longer a public figure to be followed by the masses despite his appearances on news programs and despite branding himself a media personality who, in fact, gets paid to market a message to his Air Force readership.
At any rate, as usual, the anonymous complainer offers no explanation how my criticisms transgressed any standard, and as usual that didn't stop the automated system over at Facebook from whizzing and whirring and pumping out the same result.
That result is that criticisms of Tony Carr are against community standards. Those standards are, of course, the purview of the private company that owns the platform. This isn't a case of the community standards that make our nation's law and that are enforced by tools of government violence. So it's no big deal in the scheme of things.
But I do sincerely hope the anonymous complainer who silences the speech of others isn't in a position to dabble with or enforce our country's legal community standards. To borrow a phrase (from a man who boasts that he has and will call a person's military commander if he disagrees with something they say online), if that hypothetical situation above doesn't ALARM you, it should.
It would appear this is now the new landscape. Three times constitutes a trend. The first bout of censorship and banning occurred in early June (note: clicking that link and seeing the censored material might not be suitable for all audiences, and by that I mean those who don't appreciate free discussion), and appears to be a routine way to do business now in our "digital conversation." So, it's time to adapt and overcome in some way that will not include stooping to the same insecure level as the individual who cannot abide criticism of JQP.
In other news, I recommend folks stop over to the JQP Facebook page and enjoy the most recent Tony Carr contributions where he lambasts a senior Air Force official for possibly censoring his criticisms of them on their Facebook page. It would appear that Tony, who harangues Air Force officials for spending too much time and taxpayer resources on non-flying organizations that have nothing to do with airpower, is not pleased the Secretary of the Air Force would travel to a squadron and fly a local mission with them in their aircraft. Tony's consistent message (in that he's consistently bagging on Air Force leadership and trying to get them to divert attention to him) apparently was removed from the SAF's Facebook page. Tony is demanding to know why.
Maybe I should contact Tony about this anonymous person censoring my speech on my own page. He seems to really care about the topic. He's really all about free discussion and the exchange of ideas, you know.
At any rate, the most recent criticism that led to my latest check-in to Banned Camp is below: