Last month, Facebook censored a woman for criticizing gender-neutral locker rooms on her page, “Keep Locker Rooms Safe.” Now, the social media site has decided to shut her page down completely.
Autumn Bennett, the administrator of the page advocating for safety and privacy in locker rooms through sex-assigned bathrooms, told The Daily Wire the threats she has been receiving since the incident have gotten increasingly more aggressive. Trans activists have formed their own fake “Keep Locker Rooms Safe” Facebook pages in opposition to her group, mocking the group’s cause and harassing administrators.
One activist even posted a call to action for activists to investigate Bennett’s personal information, such as where she works.
Bennett and her colleagues decided to publicize the insults and threats from opposing activists by creating an album on their page filled with screenshots of the language that was used against her group, including phrases such as “Go f*** yourself” and “I hope your teeth fall out.” The following are some examples of screenshots that were posted:
Although Bennett and her colleagues reported the aggressive language used against her group, Facebook responded by shutting their page down for having publicized what was being said to them.
Bennett said all of the other moderators of her page were banned from Facebook for 24 hours, while she and Kaeley Triller Haver, another page manager, were banned for 72 hours because of the image posted above.
“It is unconscionable,” Bennett said. “I realize that Facebook IS a private company and can choose to block or remove whomever it wants, but this really, really takes the take.”
Several trans activists bragged for having been the reason for Facebook’s censorship of Bennett and her colleagues.
“You anonymously reported Keep Locker Rooms Safe for containing hate speech or symbols,” Facebook notified them. “We removed the Page you reported for displaying hate speech. Since it violated our Community Standards, we removed it. Thanks for your report. We let Keep Locker Rooms Safe know that their Page has been removed, but not who reported it.”
“I don’t care who knows I reported it,” Jennifer Chamberlain scoffed.
The group’s victory was short lived, since Bennett and her colleagues immediately created a new page for their organization called “Keep Locker Rooms Safe and Sex Specific.”
Others commented that they had reported Bennett’s new page to Facebook as well. Bennett did not receive a notification yet regarding her new Facebook page, but she says she is determined to keep fighting for her cause.
“Morality, liberty, and freedom are still a thing in this country, and I will be damned if I let them shut me up, she said. “I won’t lie, it is a bit scary, especially the fact that they seeking to find out where I work and the violent threats, but I believe that truth is on my side and I see no reason to back down. This is for our kids and our future as a country.”
Bennett added that she has been receiving a lot support from concerned Americans across the country.
“We are working on an initiative right now, the Just Want Privacy Campaign, and hope to bring the bathroom bill to a vote in November,” she said.