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The Curious Case of Parkland School Shooting Victim Kyle Laman

By Dr. Eowyn | 9 March 2018

FELLOWSHIP OF THE MINDS — Yesterday, Tony Mead posted on his Facebook page a YouTube video of 15-year-old Kyle Laman, one of the wounded in the February 14 mass shooting incident at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Soon after Mead published that post, Facebook issued him a stern warning — that the post “contains content that violates our Terms of Use” — and unilaterally took it down.

Facebook warning to Tony Mead

If you go to the link of Mead’s post, you now get this message:

Facebook‘s reason for taking down Mead’s post (“A post you made contains content that violates our Terms of Use”) is at once ambiguous and broad because Facebook‘s Terms of Service are many and numerous. Without specifying which term of service Mead allegedly had violated, the statement “A post you made contains content that violates our Terms of Use” amounts to a catch-all excuse to justify arbitrary censorship. […]

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