By: Thomas Haler (Minnesota Free State)
In response to the fake Russian scandal Facebook has increased their censorship of political speech. Their effort to promote “fairness” has now started to limit the political advertising of Independent candidates.
This bias censorship has now come to Minnesota! Chad Enstad for Congress is being barred from advertising on the platform. They are not being banned for sharing a offensive or false post, but instead they are being banned because of their rural address.
The post that set off this chain of events was for a up coming campaign event. Campaign Manager Isaac Jensen explains the process below:
I’m trying to promote our upcoming event, and it was rejected by Facebook for being political. They demanded that in order to promote our event, I had to
1. Submit to two-factor authentication that requires me to receive a code through text every time I log in to my account.
2. Report my home address to Facebook.
3. Turn over a copy of my drivers license (which they denied) and then required me to turn over a copy of my passport.
4. Give them the last four of your SSN
As if that isn’t intrusive enough their problems got worse! The address was rejected, because their small town does not have mail delivery. Isaac Jensen continues to explain:
I did all of this, and they still are banning me from promoting our event, because our hometown doesn’t have mail delivery (we use a post office) and so my legal address was rejected by their system. Rather than verifying my address using all of the other personally identifiable information they conned me out of, they are sending a letter snail mail sometime in the next few days.
This does not appear to be just a glitch in the system. Even though they may try to blame it on one later. The campaign repeatedly reached out to Facebook trying to repeal the decision. Facebook however refused to listen, and eventually banned them from appealing. Isaac Jensen explains the end result below:
When I appealed the decision, Facebook just continually told me that I had to authenticate my account, ignored my repeated assertion that I DID and then they recommended edits to my promotion, which conveniently for them apparently auto-closes your appeal so now they won’t even talk to me about the issue.
The Minnesota Free State was given screenshots of the exchange, so everyone can see the ridiculousness of Facebook for themselves.
Facebook is clearly doing this as a political attack. Using the address denial as an excuse to reject rural voices from being heard. This is only the beginning if we don’t shine the light on this address requirement now it could affect hundreds of candidates. They are going to continue to go after any candidate they don’t approve of, and missing out on hundreds of thousand (probably millions) of dollars nationwide in the process. They don’t care though as long as they are hurting the campaigns of great Americans like Chad Enstad, and promote their chosen candidates.
You can find out more about the candidate that Facebook doesn’t want you to see below.
Chad Enstad For Congress
If you live in Minnesota CD 7 Chad Enstad needs your help! 1000 signatures are needed before June 5th to get Chad’s name on the ballot!
To get involved or to find out how to sign the petition click here!