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WIN: Facebook Reinstates Sports Page, Banned For Celtic Cross, After Big League Politics Intervenes

Facebook’s desire to stamp out hate has turned into stamping out sports fans.

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Facebook Bans Romanian Sports Page Celtic Cross

Romanian Facebook page Steaua Libera was banned from Facebook for images posted in 2013, 2014, and 2017 of crowded soccer stadiums where attendees depicted target symbols likely mistaken for the Celtic cross, only to reinstate the page after Big League Politics contacted the big tech platform for comment. 

Steaua Libera, a popular Romanian Facebook page and website that promotes the Steaua Bucharest football club, the official soccer organization of the Romanian Army, was banned from Facebook for years old photos that the platform likely believed depicted racist imagery. The page was reinstated approximately 12 hours after Big League Politics requested a comment from Facebook.

Speaking with Big League Politics, Steaua Libera administrator and editor Adrian Maties told us that the “website is about sports and the Steaua Bucharest club.” Maties went on to say that “We have no interest in doing politics, in selling stuff, promoting stuff, we don’t talk about issues that some may find controversial, we just cover sports and our team.”

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Maties went on to explain that Facebook did not specifically say what the page did to constitute a ban.

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“Although Facebook didn’t say anything, we understood just by looking at the pictures that the common element was the Celtic Cross,” said Maties. “However, the Celtic Cross symbol is not the focus or the main element in any of the pictures. It just appears on some of the banners held by the Steaua supporters.”

Maties provided the offending photos to Big League Politics. They depict large crowds in football stadiums, and in each of the photos one or two sports fans can be seen holding a sign or banner that has either a target or a Celtic cross.

The Celtic cross has been popularized by neo-Nazi movements as a symbol of white nationalism or white supremacy, though this is almost certainly not the motive behind the sports fans bringing the signs or banners to a sporting event.

Maties explained to Big League Politics that “These four photos were published in 2013, 2014 and 2017. They were not in fact 4 photos, but 2 photos, published and republished.” He went on, “Having our page unpublished for just 4 pictures, that aren’t even about racism, but about supporters having a good time at the stadium is just not fair.”

The page was reinstated approximately 12 hours after Big League Politics contacted Facebook.

Big League Politics contacted Facebook for comment about this ban. In response, a Facebook spokesperson told Big League Politics that “The page Steaua Liberă does not break our policies and has been restored.”

They went on to apologize for the inconvenience caused to Maties.

 

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Facebook Censors Project Veritas Video, Keeping Coronavirus Hysteria in High Gear

Big Brother is ramping up due to coronavirus.

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Facebook is reportedly throwing a Project Veritas video off of their monolithic social media platform because the video contains information about coronavirus that is unapproved by the political and media establishment.

CNN reporter Oliver Darcy reported that Facebook would be removing the Veritas video from their platform because of nebulous and unspecified policy violations. Veritas founder James O’Keefe blamed Darcy for allegedly being a snitch and attempting to get his video removed from social media platforms.

O’Keefe also blasted New York Times reporter Andrew Jacobs for his moral preening in criticizing his coronavirus reporting.

The controversial video published by Veritas shows O’Keefe talking with boots on the ground at coronavirus testing sites. He talked to Army personnel and health care workers who claimed the pandemic is not as bad as the media and government officials are purporting it to be.

Certain transcripts from the Veritas video can be seen here:

James O’Keefe: “What about the situation itself. Is it as bad as–the media is saying? The whole pandemic?”
New York Army National Guardsman: “Oh no. It’s the flu!”
O’Keefe: “That’s all it is?”
Guardsman: “It’s the flu.”

O’Keefe: “Is it as bad as they’re saying, this pandemic? Everyone’s freaking out. Is it bad, is it overblown by the media, what is it like?”
Medical worker: “Is it what?”
O’Keefe: “Is the media accurately reporting or is it as bad as people are saying?”
Medical worker: “No.”
O’Keefe: “It’s not as bad as the—”
Medical worker: “It’s precautionary.”
O’Keefe: “The media is making it out bigger?”
Medical worker: “Yes.”

O’Keefe’s video has garnered controversy because it goes against the narrative of fear and hysteria that has been pushed by the fake news media, government bureaucrats and official expert class.

“The rollout of our findings does not endorse COVID-19 behavior one way or another, nor do we encourage others. Our goal is to inform the public and allow the public to make judgments on the issues,” O’Keefe said. “Emotionally driven, knee-jerk reactions journalists are the last thing the public should be subjected to in a time of crisis.”

“I realize this will probably upset some, but Project Veritas goes to the front lines to get unfiltered, raw information, to the public. We’re not here to project a narrative or even to draw a conclusion—we don’t even know who the villains are, if any,” O’Keefe added.

Despite Facebook’s reported censorship of the Veritas video, there are no plans for Twitter and YouTube to remove the content from their platforms at the present time.

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