SCI Demands Answers from Tech Giant on Social Media Censorship

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 7, 2020) – Today, Safari Club International CEO W. Laird Hamberlin sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg calling for Facebook and Instagram to immediately halt the company’s deliberate and ongoing censorship of The Hunting Consortium Inc, a globally well-respected hunting consulting organization.

This past summer, SCI became aware of a specific incident involving The Hunting Consortium’s social media accounts wherein Facebook had, with no notice or explanation, deleted upwards of 1,000 photos and severely limited the ability of Facebook and Instagram users to interact with and/or share content
related to The Hunting Consortium.

SCI, in partnership with The Hunting Consortium, has been attempting to contact Facebook about this issue since July but has yet to be given a response.

As a global operation conducting lawful business across many different countries, The Hunting Consortium relies heavily on social media to participate in a competitive industry. Facebook’s unexplained censorship of this company has not only had and will continue to have a negative impact on The Hunting Consortium’s business, but also poses a threat to hunters worldwide who use social media for personal or business reasons. Simply put, an attack on one hunter by this tech giant is an attack on the lifestyle and traditions we all love as outdoor sportsmen and women.

It is imperative that Facebook immediately reverse the restrictions placed on The Hunting Consortium’s accounts and respond to SCI’s inquires so that future incidents like these can be avoided on behalf of all hunters and anglers.

Read the full letter here.

Safari Club International (SCI) is a not-for-profit organization of hunters whose primary missions are to protect the freedom to hunt and to promote wildlife conservation. SCI’s 50,000 members and 180 chapters in the US and around the world are passionate about hunting and about wildlife conservation. Hunters take pride in carrying on the ancient traditions and practices of the hunt. Hunting is part of human nature and it is what enabled humans to feed ourselves, defend ourselves from danger, form societies and develop art such as the cave paintings tens of thousands of years old that depict hunting because it was essential to the survival and growth of humankind.

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