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Instagram to Remove Photos of ‘OK’ Hand Sign as Hate Speech

Users could be banned for posting them.

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Instagram will begin removing photos of people displaying the ‘OK’ hand sign and possibly banning users who do so under the company’s new hate speech rules.

“We remove photos of hate speech or symbols, like swastikas or white power hand signs,” states the company’s ‘report’ function.

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The moral panic over the ‘OK’ hand sign began as a 4chan troll to trick the media into believing it was secret code for white supremacy, and of course they immediately fell for it.

It originally came to prominence in a political context during the 2016 presidential campaign when Donald Trump kept inadvertently displaying it while making a point.

Since then, the symbol has been adopted by actual extremists but the vast majority of people who display it in photographs do so innocently.

That doesn’t matter to Facebook-owned Instagram, which as we reported last month, is also blurring out images of women at gun ranges, saying the photos violate “violence or dangerous organization guidelines.”

Back in May, Facebook slapped a Trump supporter with a 30 day ban for doing the ‘OK’ hand sign in a photo.

As we reported earlier this year, a school in Chicago spent over $50,000 dollars replacing a year book because some students displayed the ‘OK’ hand sign.

In a report about a Chicago Cubs fan who was banned for flashing up an ‘OK’ sign during a television broadcast, NBC News blurred out the image of the ‘offensive’ hand gesture.

Gay, liberal atheist British television presenter Stephen Fry was even accused of dog whistling for white supremacy because he did the OK hand sign to promote mental health awareness.

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Video: Ben Carson On Dr Seuss Witch Hunt: ‘This Is Poison In Our System’

Cancel culture leftists are “Like a child who is in charge who doesn’t like peas. So he says let’s ban peas, anybody eating peas or growing peas shall be killed.”

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Former secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson described leftist attempts to cancel Dr Seuss books as ‘poison’ Thursday, adding that cancel culture on the whole stems from the fact that “socialists believe that everything comes from government.”

Carson made the remarks in response to Ebay’s announcement that it is banning the sale of the books as “offensive material,” following pressure from a leftist group.

Carson recited his own Dr Seuss type poem:

I do not like to cancel books. I do not like how that looks.

I do not like it here, nor there, I do not like it anywhere.

I do not like it in the store, I do not want it anymore.

I do think it’s time past, no longer to have thought a crime.

I do hope one day to see across my country ’tis of thee, books used to read and learn instead of set ablaze to burn.

Our heritage for all to share, little patriots everywhere.

Our nation’s story rich and vast, our true history taught in class.

A special place for all to be, a place known for its liberty.

Carson, founder and chairman of the American Cornerstone Institute, further added “it’s appropriate that we’re talking about children’s books. Because as a society, we’re acting like children.”

He continued, “Like a child who is in charge who doesn’t like peas. So he says let’s ban peas, anybody eating peas or growing peas shall be killed. That’s childish thinking. That’s what we’re doing right now and it’s absolutely absurd. And I think the rest of the world is having a good belly laugh.”

“It’s time for us to mature to grow up to recognize, you know, America was the beacon of liberty,” Carson urged, adding America “was the place where people came so that they could express themselves, so they could believe what they wanted to believe so they could have religious freedoms.”

“It was a place where we believed that our liberties and freedoms came from God, and not from government. You know, the socialists believe that everything comes from government,” Carson emphasised, adding “We can’t abide it.”

In the wake of the farce, The New York Public Library as well as numerous other libraries across the country are refusing to cave to the woke mob, saying that the Seuss books will remain on the shelves because libraries do not censor books.

The absurd attempt to cancel the books has also prompted a huge increase in online sales.

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‘We Do Not Censor Books’: New York Public Library Refuses to Cancel Dr. Seuss

Numerous other libraries follow suit.

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The New York Public Library is refusing to cave to the woke mob and cancel Dr. Seuss, asserting that it does not and will not censor books.

Last week, a far-left group called Learning for Justice forced the publisher of the books, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, to cease printing and licensing six of the works, asserting that they promoted “white supremacy.”

That prompted an immediate backlash, with sales surging on Amazon by a whopping 5.7 million percent.

Numerous libraries across the country have also stated that they will not remove the titles from their shelves.

The latest to do so is the New York Public Library, which serves Manhattan, with spokeswoman Angela Montefinise telling the media, “As with all public libraries the New York Public Library does not censor books.”

The copies that are stocked in the library will continue to be circulated until they “are no longer in acceptable condition,” according to Montefinise.

Libraries that serve the Bronx, and Staten Island, the Brooklyn and Queens have also all vowed to keep the books in circulation.

The Denver Public Library in Colorado followed suit, releasing a statement that said, “The freedom of choice in what a person decides to read is here to stay and the value of reading for any child is critical in their development.”

As we highlighted earlier, eBay has banned private sellers from listing the books on its marketplace, claiming that they contain “offensive material.”

Meanwhile, conservatives continue to ask the question; Is there one example in human history where the “good guys” have censored or destroyed books?

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“Offensive Material”: eBay Bans Sale of Dr. Seuss Books

Digital Fahrenheit 451 now a reality.

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The purge of Dr. Seuss books continues after it was revealed that eBay has banned sales of the books, labeling them “offensive material.”

Adam Townsend posted a screenshot from an eBay listing showing that sales of the books have been suspended because they violate the company’s “Offensive Materials” policy.

“Listings that promote or glorify hatred, violence, or discrimination aren’t allowed,” the message said, adding, “As a courtesy, we have ended your item and refunded your selling fees, and as long as you do not relist the item, there will be no negative impact to your account.”

The controversy surrounding the books began last week when a far-left group called Learning for Justice claimed that the books, which were written by progressive liberal author Theodor Seuss Geisel, contained “orientalism, anti-blackness, and white supremacy,” according to a study.

The study asserted, “Of the 2,240 (identified) human characters, there are 45 of color representing two percent of the total number of human characters. Of the 45 characters of color, 43 “exhibited behaviors and appearances that align with harmful and stereotypical Orientalist tropes.”

This prompted Dr. Seuss Enterprises to announce it would cease publishing six of the author’s books because they “portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.”

Despite this, sales for one of the books on Amazon surged by a staggering 5.7 million percent, meaning the company was basically rewarded for caving in to the woke mob.

“If outdated political ideas are now banned, the list of books eBay refuses to list will be miles long,” writes Cassandra Fairbanks.

Meanwhile, Fahrenheit 451 moves closer to being a reality with each passing day.

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