Over the past few weeks people there has been a crack down online free speech. Big tech has blocked the president of the United states and has purged many of his supporters. Now it appears they are targeting hunters.
We received a screenshot from a gun group on Facebook showing that they were canceled because of having hunting content in the group.
Facebook lists hunting video under the section of their Terms of Service as animal abuse. They even include killing animals for food production as abuse no matter how humane the killing is.
This is not the first time we have heard about this happening, while back wild game chef Hank Shaw had a photo of plucked geese removed from Instagram for the same reasons.
Instagram just deleted a post I wrote about how I use every part of the geese I hunt. It had a picture of plucked geese. This apparently violated their guidelines.Via Hank Shaw – Hunter Angler Gardener Cook
I am not the only person this has happened to. It happened to Steve Rinella two days ago. It happens to hunters every day.
I had a blog post about breaking down a game bird removed from Google Ads because of “gore.”
There is no way to contest this. No customer service. No one to have a conversation with.
The increasing number of these actions is chilling. Those who control social media, including this one I am on now, have deemed what I and every other hunter – and angler, as it’s happening to them, too – do to feed ourselves and our families as violent or hateful.
I am at a loss.
This comes as sort of a surprise because Mark Zuckerberg is not anti-hunting, based on the fact that he has participated in the practice. Back in 2011 Zuckerberg embarked on a yearlong challenge of only eating meat that he killed and helped butcher himself.
Here is what Mark posted back then:
This year, my personal challenge is around being thankful for the food I have to eat. I think many people forget that a living being has to die for you to eat meat, so my goal revolves around not letting myself forget that and being thankful for what I have. This year I’ve basically become a vegetarian since the only meat I’m eating is from animals I’ve killed myself. So far, this has been a good experience. I’m eating a lot healthier foods and I’ve learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising of animals. I started thinking about this last year when I had a pig roast at my house. A bunch of people told me that even though they loved eating pork, they really didn’t want to think about the fact that the pig used to be alive. That just seemed irresponsible to me. I don’t have an issue with anything people choose to eat, but I do think they should take responsibility and be thankful for what they eat rather than trying to ignore where it came from.Via Business Insider
“And they taste doubly better when you’ve hunted the animal yourself.”
“So, whether you’re fishing for the salmon or going hunting for a boar, that’s a big part of it.
“You feel more connected to what you’re doing and what you’re eating, and then you cook it yourself and it’s this whole experience.
But even with all that experience of how hunting is an ethical way to source meat, it seems Facebook is ignoring it and marching on with their own anti-hunting agenda.
While there is still a lot of hunting groups, pages, and content on Facebook and Instagram it definitely does not feel like a safe place for hunters. Other smaller social media sites seem to be a little more friendly to hunters. MeWe has become a popular option with a bunch of growing pages and groups. So if you are over their search up the page Hunting and The Hunting News to follow us and all of our content.