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Facebook: Assassination Threats Stay, Pregnant Bellies Go

Facebook's community standards are twisted in a knot they should untangle, and soon.

Chris Matthews went ballistic over the right wing's determination to nullify President Obama's election and re-election both inside the legislature and outside of it.

Toward the end, he talks about crazy Larry Klayman and his most recent demonstration outside the White House where Klayman calls for Obama's impeachment with no grounds whatsoever for doing so.

Impeachment is Klayman's mild word. Just last month he called for Obama to "surrender and come out with his hands in the air."

Klayman, and others like him, use eliminationist rhetoric with no regard for who they might inspire. Here's a post from Facebook taking Klayman a few giant steps further (and yes, the Secret Service is on it). It says, in part:

We now have authority to shoot Obama, i.e., to kill him. His willful violations and alienation of our Constitution, constant disregard for our peaceful protests and corruption of all the three branches of government, (i.e., rogue and illegitiimate government), reveal the dictator that he is.

Full Facebook post calling for President's assassination

This isn't the first assassination threat posted on social media and it won't be the last. Mr. Wilhelmsen is a militia man, a self-proclaimed good Christian who is standing up for his country while he calls for the assassination of our President just days ahead of the 50-year observance of the anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination.

You'd think maybe Facebook would consider this post a violation of their community guidelines. They don't. If you try and report it, you will receive a response that it does not violate the community standards because the photo he used to spread around his assassination threat contains no offensive content.

Really, Facebook?

Those community standards are pretty f*cked up. Facebook seems to have a real gnawing issue with content they consider "offensive." They suspend users for using an image of a pregnant belly, but assassination threats and calls are just fine to leave out there for all to see? What kind of community values are those, exactly? Not a community I want any part of, for sure.

Preggies bad, killing the President is AOK. That's what Facebook says. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what the Secret Service says. I'm pretty sure they won't consider that acceptable at all.

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