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Facebook. You disappoint me. I am a professional, there are thousands of us around the country who devote our lives to teach real people like you and your spouse and your parents real life saving self defense and first aid skills, at legitimate local businesses. Your company on the other hand, which now has its head in the clouds after a good decade of monopolizing social media, is happy to censor and block my paid content to pretend that crime doesn’t exist, that bad people won’t come if good people just don’t go to places that sell weapons! Your policy is bullshit. It is not in the interest of the community, nor your company, nor your business advertising partners. Think about it! Have I advocated for any crime? Did my advertisement promote any sort of violence towards the innocent? Does Facebook write and enforce the law? No! Your company is happy to spread useless brain numbing viral video content of rioters fighting in the street, but when it comes to supporting local businesses that actually offer a legitimate service to the community you censor my ad due to your head-in-the-sand ignorance? Hypocrisy. Look up the definition.
I suggest you go up the ladder so the right person can have an honest conversation with the community. May I suggest you amend your policy to say: Ads can’t promote violating the law, and violence towards others. Get to the point, is it the tool that is harming innocents or is it people with bad intentions who harm others?
Brian Wang is a full time firearms and self-defense instructor who resides in the San Francisco bay area. He is trained under the Massad Ayoob Group to guide everyday students like yourself through the complex legal, moral, and social ramifications of the use of Deadly Force in self-defense. He and his fellow instructors offer group and private classes for civilians every day of the week in and around the Bay area. You can find more information about upcoming classes here.