Facebook Takes Down Elizabeth Warren Wiki Page Devoted to Documenting Her Cherokee and Other Controversies
William A. Jacobson, Legal Insurrection, September 30, 2019
As the research Wiki received attention in the looming Bernie-Warren battle, Facebook took down the Wiki’s Facebook page based on a demonstrably false claim that the page violates Facebook’s “impersonation” policy.
In February 2013, I launched ElizabethWarrenWiki.org to put in one place the wide range of research regarding Elizabeth Warren conducted during her 2012 Senate campaign against Scott Brown.
At about the same time, I launched an Elizabeth Warren Wiki Facebook Page. There have been no problems with or warnings from Facebook with the page.
Over time, the Wiki has expanded, and contains what I believe to be the most comprehensive research on the Elizabeth Warren Native American / Cherokee Controversy and many related topics:
Recently, the Wiki has been at the center of tweets by Bernie supporters questioning whether Warren’s claims as to Native American ancestry and denials over time make her unelectable:
It may be “coincidence” that just after the Wiki received attention in the looming Bernie-Warren battle, Facebook took down the Wiki’s Facebook page (not the Wiki website, which thankfully Facebook does not control) based on a demonstrably false claim that the page violates Facebook’s “impersonation” policy.
Did a Warren supporter complain to Facebook? We don’t know, but based on past Warren supporter harassment of me at work, it wouldn’t surprise me. All I know is that I received a notification from Facebook that the page has been “unpublished”:
We clearly do not violate this policy. The Wiki page does not purport to “impersonate” Warren — the title of the page specifically has “Wiki” in it indicating it is not purporting to be Elizabeth Warren. Beyond the title, the “About” section makes the following disclosures (which are what the Facebook policy says should be done — see above)(emphasis added):
Elizabeth Warren Wiki’s mission is to be the most comprehensive repository of information and links regarding Elizabeth Warren, United States Senator from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This Wiki site is not affiliated with Senator Warren or her campaign.
Nonetheless, the page was taken down without warning based on a false claim that it violated Facebook’s Impersonation policy.
It’s another reminder, as when our YouTube page was taken down without warning, that we can’t rely on big tech.