This Friday, a large group of truckers intend to shut down the nation’s capital.
The truckers will be in DC for three days to challenge Obama’s “corruption against the Constitution.”
The “Truckers Ride For The Constitution” Facebook page says, “The American people are sick and tired of the corruption that is destroying America! We therefore declare a GENERAL STRIKE on the weekend of October 11-13, 2013! Truck drivers will not haul freight! Americans can strike in solidarity with truck drivers!”
The Ben Swann team reported on this event in September and conducted an exclusive interview with one of the protest’s organizers, Zeeda Andrews. Since that writeup, the event has gained a great deal of attention, especially after U.S. News & World Report covered “Truckers Ride For The Constitution” on Monday morning in a detailed report. That article was also linked to on the Drudge Report, giving it even more publicity.
On Monday, just as the event was picking up immense steam, Twitter unexpectedly shut down the truckers’ account.
At this time it is unclear why Twitter did this. The account was pulled down almost immediately after the U.S. News & World Report article was published.
As reported by InfoWars, “Twitter’s targeting of ‘Truckers for the Constitution’ is yet another reminder that the social media giants have total contempt for the First Amendment and any form of political activism that is anti-Obama.
Despite the fact that Twitter routinely fails to shut down accounts that directly threaten violence, and is even slow in removing accounts belonging to terrorist groups (it took 5 days for them to shut down an Al-Qaeda account), its targeting of Truckers for the Constitution is ruthless in comparison.”
The InfoWars article accurately points out that Twitter banned the trucker’s page within hours of the U.S. News & World Report article hitting the web, but took five entire days to ban the Al-Qaeda page.
It seems possible, then, that Twitter could be infringing on the truckers’ First Amendment rights by pulling down their account in a seemingly partisan move. However, more information is needed to make such assumptions.
For instance, the group’s original Facebook page was also shut down — but after some further investigation, it was revealed that the page was pulled for an arguably legitimate reason.
The description of the event on the original Facebook page (the one that got banned) said:
“It does not matter if a million or 50 roll through DC in this effort. Congress will listen to We the People. Which is remove Obama from office for crimes of treason and misdemeanors. We want Congressional hearing on Benghazi and Seal Team 6. Louis Learner [sic] put in jail. No amnesty, remove all Muslims in our government that do not uphold the Constitution. [Emphasis added] Remove Eric Holder from office for crimes against the people and the Constitution. Last but not least is Fuel prices.”
Some Facebook users were offended by the sentence about Muslims. To them, it seemed like the truckers were singling out Muslims. Why remove only Muslims who violate the Constitution? What about Catholics who violate the Constitution? How about Atheists? Buddhists?
Facebook’s Community Standards is a self-policing system; when people see something on the site they object to, they can “report” it. If enough people do this, Facebook responds by shutting down the page. According to Andrews, substantial numbers of people reported the page, ensuring that it was shut down.
The truckers’ new Facebook page was created shortly thereafter, where Andrews and her partners are currently recouping the followers they lost when the first page was shut down.
Whatever the case, with or without a strong social media presence, the truckers plan on being in DC on Friday to carry out their plans.
“If anyone can help save the country, it’s truckers,” said Andrews. “Just like the truckers, Americans are sick and tired of what’s going on in this country. It’s time to get up there and make a change. If something happens, it’s because we all let it. We have a right to address these issues and bring them to Washington, D.C. in a peaceful manner.”