By Joe Newby
Early Tuesday, Facebook user Jeanette Tye Runyon disclosed in an exclusive interview with Examiner.com that a meme — a picture designed to present an editorial point of view — that she had posted on a Facebook page she managed promoting traditional marriage violated the site’s community standards. Runyon also said Facebook tore down her fan page, set up to feature her photography.
Part of the problem, she told Examiner, is her open opposition to gay marriage and the gay agenda as a whole. As a result of her open opposition, she said, militant pro-gay leftists have been stalking her — both online and in real life.
In one case, she said a false review at RipOff Report destroyed what she called “my little photo hobby of photographing newborns.” The report made several claims she said are completely false.
Runyon provided a number of links in which she is the clear target of cyber-stalkers seeking to do her irreparable financial harm even while portraying her as the perpetrator. In one case, she said, maps were posted showing her home address. According to Runyon, local law enforcement advised her to get dogs.
She told Examiner that Facebook removed her page and suspended her account for reporting another individual for inciting harassment against her. We were, however, unable to corroborate that with Facebook. At this point, Facebook has not said why the page was yanked.
A picture Runyon provided a link to indicates that a Twitter user going by the name “Thomas Mix,” played a role in spreading stories claiming she went to the Ukraine to “buy a baby for a large sum of money.” Another online picture viciously attacks Runyon and her church. Another picture appears to be a post at Tor2Web calling for people to spam Runyon with gay porn pictures. One page exaggerated a legal problem Runyon had in 2009 that ended with her paying a $10 processing fee, in an attempt to portray her as an international kidnapper.
She accused some of those stalking her of impersonating her and stealing her copyrighted photos. Worse yet, she said, windows in her car have been broken, and false police reports have been filed against her at least three times.
When asked if she has reported this to authorities, Runyon said she has not. “Cops,” she said, “will no nothing” and attorneys are far too expensive. Commenting on the popular conservative blog, “The Other McCain,” she said the stalking and harassment has gone on for seven years.
Despite Facebook’s claim that Runyon’s picture violated community standards, a simple search of the social media site reveals many other photos with the same message. This is not the first time Facebook has falsely flagged an innocuous picture for violating community standards.
In late July, we reported that a picture of a Marine Corps emblem with a ribbon reading “Remembrance” was flagged by Facebook and pulled. In another recent case, Facebook told a user that her picture of a lilac tree was considered pornographic. Facebook has yet to respond to our request for comments on any of these incidents.
Joe Newby is an IT professional who has been involved in conservative politics for years. In 1991, he ran for City Council in Riverside, California, and has served as a campaign manager for local conservatives in California and Idaho, including former Idaho State Representative Jeff Alltus. For a year, he hosted a local access cable talk show that covered conservative politics. He attended the University of Arkansas, Community College at Batesville where he graduated summa cum laude in 2005. He currently lives in north Idaho with his bride of 24 years and can be reached at [email protected].