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Here's What Banning QAnon From Facebook Will Do ... And What It's Probably Too Late To Do

Might have been better to do this three years ago.

This week, Facebook released a statement announcing that they were officially banning QAnon pages, groups and Instagram Accounts. And it only took them a little over three years to do it!

Via Facebook:

Starting today, we will remove any Facebook Pages, Groups and Instagram accounts representing QAnon, even if they contain no violent content. This is an update from the initial policy in August that removed Pages, Groups and Instagram accounts associated with QAnon when they discussed potential violence while imposing a series of restrictions to limit the reach of other Pages, Groups and Instagram accounts associated with the movement. Pages, Groups and Instagram accounts that represent an identified Militarized Social Movement are already prohibited. And we will continue to disable the profiles of admins who manage Pages and Groups removed for violating this policy, as we began doing in August.

Thursday, in the Wonkette Chat Cave, Liz asked me if I thought it would have the same effect as deplatforming has had on other far-right nonsense — like Milo and what have you. I have since given it some thought, and if you want the truth, I really don't think it will. But that doesn't mean that it's entirely useless to do it now. At this point, anything will help.

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Patriot Grifter WALL Guy Brian Kolfage Building Army Of Death-Threating Trolls

He seems terrible!

Remember Brian Kolfage, the triple-amputee Iraq veteran who raised an assload of money to help Donald Trump build WALL, then found out that wasn't legal, so he created a nonprofit called "We Build the Wall" (incorrectly spelled with some lowercase letters) to put up WALL on private land? The group managed to put up two sections of WALL that are wholly separate from Donald Trump's beloved project, which border-crossers can craftily avoid by going around them, and one of the WALL sections may get eated by the Rio Grande but lots of wingnut patriots think Kolfage is maybe the third greatest American ever, after Donald Trump and Alex Jones. Too bad he and one of his partners, Steve Bannon, got charged by the feds with defrauding their donors by allegedly taking a lot of that money and spending it on themselves, presumably to reward their own patriotism.

In a follow-up story to their earlier joint reporting on just how shitty and fally-downy the Texas section of WALL is, ProPublica and the Texas Tribune recently reported on Kolfage's other fun hobby, which is sending an army of social media followers after anyone who speaks ill of him. Kolfage's supporters know he is American Patriotism personified, so anyone who opposes his WALL is clearly an enemy of the USA. And how's this for fun? The reporters found that while Kolfage has personally been banned by Facebook, he's still able to lead his online brigades through a "fan page" that he supposedly can't access because it's run by his wife. Yet somehow, people are still informed who their enemies are! Like particularly anyone in the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, which is pursuing the fraud case and is obviously part of the Deep State.

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Trump Reassures Fretful Nation He Can Still Write His Name With A Sharpie

Whew!

Donald Trump never wanted to contract COVID-19, but he did. Trump reportedly didn't want his positive diagnosis to become public, but it did. Now, he's trying to spin his illness as deserving of a Purple Heart. This will succeed as well as his other plans.

Goya bean spokeswoman Ivanka Trump tweeted a photo Saturday of her father in his suite at Walter Reed hospital.

According to recent polls, nothing can stop the president from “working for the American people" except for the American people themselves, who are overwhelmingly rejecting him. Ivanka Trump has probably never personally experienced an honest day's work, so she thinks we'll be impressed by the a photo of the president “reviewing" documents and signing his name to blank pages — you know, upstanding president stuff.

Trump's a real workaholic. Even though on an average weekend when he's not hospitalized, he's playing golf. If he was swinging a nine iron in his swank hospital digs, we'd know he was fully recovered. Now I just think he's delirious, probably hallucinating a full rally crowd in the room with him as he sings “I'm Going Home."

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GOPers Now Taking COVID Seriously Following Trump's Diag— Ahhh, Who Are We Kidding?

May we present: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis

This week, people who are much less cynical than I am are very likely thinking to themselves "You know, I bet this is really going to change things. People on the Right are going to start taking COVID-19 more seriously and we'll be able to knock this thing out, or maybe they'll even see that Trump was very stupid about coronavirus and not vote for him this time around! But in the meantime, it sure does seem like his tone is softening! Perhaps he is becoming presidential At last!!"

By "less cynical" I mean "more likely to be wrong about things." Obviously.

Because on Friday evening, well after everyone knew about Trump's diagnosis, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis claimed that people who supported closing schools to slow the spread of coronavirus were like "flat earthers."

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