Hoax - "Posts Containing the Confederate Flag to be Banned by Facebook and Twitter"
Jul 4, 2015
The articles below: "Facebook to Ban Posts Containing the Confederate Flag" and "Social Media Sites Will Begin Banning Users Who Post Photos of Confederate Flags," published on fake or news satirical websites: "www.nationalreport.net" and "peopleoflancaster.com," are hoaxes (fake stories). The articles on the websites are fictional and should not be taken as facts, and any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental.
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Social Media Sites Will Begin Banning Users Who Post Photos of Confederate Flags
MENLO PARK, Calif – Facebook, the preeminent global social media service, has bowed to pressure and will begin banning posts containing the Confederate flag.
The new ban, which some commenters have called “Confederate Flagging”, will go into effect soon after the July 4 holiday.
Multiple violations will result in account suspensions.
Users who send or receive a post containing the flag or its imagery in any form will receive the following notification:
“Content deemed offensive to one or more groups of individuals is blocked from public view. This content may include images or links to images that depict, display, or promote the design and/or content of the Confederate flag in any manner.”
People of Lancaster
Today Twitter, Facebook and Instagram announced that it will begin to roll out bans on users who use the Confederate flag in their profile pictures or post on their feeds. The ban will start in the beginning July 1st giving users 5 days to remove the photos off of their profiles and news feeds.
Facebook will be implementing a 3-Strikes Policy on both Facebook and Instagram platforms. First offense will be a week ban, second offense is a month ban, and finally a permanent ban after the third offense. Twitter will automatically delete the photos and prompt users to log back in under a new Terms of Service Agreement, which could lead to a permanent ban if users do it more than once.
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