HARRY HURLEY OPINION - EDITORIAL

I have heard the myriad of stories about Facebook censoring platform users for many years.

I’ve always been empathetic about it … but, until yesterday, I didn’t personally know how it feels.

I've been on the Facebook platform since nearly the beginning and have never had a violation of their terms of service of any kind.

I received a notification that my post of June 9, 2021 was in violation of Facebook “Community Standards.”

Facebook took my totally positive post down.

It was surreal. Here’s the full story:

On Wednesday, June 9, 2021, I posted about the just released Talkers Magazine 2021 list of the Top 100 Talk Radio Hosts in America, also known as “The Heavy Hundred.”

I have written an almost identical thank you post once every year, for the past 7 years.

It was a 100 percent positive post, whereby I genuinely thanked everyone involved.

Yesterday, I received my first-ever Facebook notification (7 days after the fact), that my post somehow violates their “Community Standards.”

They won’t even allow the URL link to The Talkers Heavy Hundred 2021 list to be posted on Facebook. Somehow this link also violates their “Community Standards.”

Here is the Facebook reply about The Talkers Magazine URL link:

At a disturbing warp speed, this is no longer the America that we know and love.

There has to be some kind of political agenda behind this unjust move. What other reason would there be for Facebook to take down such a positive post?

NOTE: I am appearing tomorrow, Friday, June 18, 2021 on the nationally syndicated radio program, The Michael Harrison Wrap to discuss this situation.

Michael Harrison is The Founder & Publisher of Talkers Magazine (more than 30 distinguished years in operation).

You can listen to our interview on demand at www.Talkers.com, as well as Michael’s long list of affiliate radio stations around the country.

The Michael Harrison Wrap will debut on WPG Talk Radio 95.5 on Sunday, July 4, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

Here is an exact copy of my May 9, 2021 post, so that you can see it in its entirety and judge for yourself.

May 9, 2021

JUST RELEASED.

My supreme thanks and appreciation to Michael Harrison & Talkers Magazine for the incredible high honor of appearing on the 2021 list of the 100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America.

This is our 7th consecutive year appearing on the most coveted list in our industry.

I am so grateful.

My sincere thanks and appreciation to my employer, Townsquare Media and our faithful listeners and advertisers, who have made it possible for us to be on-air for the past 30 years.

Thank you to FOX News Radio for the amazing opportunity to do regular fill-in work with you.

This means so much to me.

Congratulations to my colleagues and friends who have made The Heavy Hundred list.

Here’s a link to the entire list (25 per-page):

https://www.talkers.com/2021-heavy-hundred-1-25/

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