I really enjoyed this cartoon because it’s a bit personal for me. I believe that no other editorial cartoonist in this country has been hit as much by social media platforms as I have. I’ve had cartoons removed from Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. My cartoons are often blocked out with a warning on Truth Social because they’re too brutal for the delicate sensibilities of MAGAt snowflakes. I’ve had videos removed and have been suspended on YouTube. I’ve had videos removed on TikTok. Soon, I expect to have suspensions on Post and Tribel (for what it’s worth, so far I think both of those platforms suck).
I had a cartoon removed from Instagram a couple years ago that also got my account deleted. The cartoon was critical of homophobes in the nation of Brunei and Chick-fil-A. I still don’t know which of the two filed the complaint, the Sultan or the bigoted waffle fry fucks. But Instagram didn’t just suspend me, they deleted my account. Then they reversed course and told me they made a mistake but they never did restore my account, so I had to create Claytoonz 2.0 and start building all over again. Fuckers.
The funny thing is, when I get hit by a social media platform, it’s usually for a cartoon attacking hate. And recently, I got a 30-day suspension for an anti-hate cartoon, and within a week of my return, I got hit with another 30-day ban for using the word “Taliban.” And now, my posts are restricted and are being placed lower in people’s news feeds. This is not a conspiracy theory, it’s listed among my many restrictions by Facebook.
And now Facebook and Instagram are allowing Donald Trump to return after a ban of two years. Oddly enough, I’m often hit for a cartoon by one of those two platforms while the other isn’t bothered by it at all despite them both being owned by Meta.
This is horse shit. Donald Trump used social media to incite a bloody coup attempt, tried to overturn an election he lost, and committed sedition in an insurrection, but I lose an Instagram account forever that I spent years building tens of thousands of followers because I criticized a monarchy for handing down death sentences on LGBTQ people and for mocking the homophobic chicken fuckers.
Didn’t these platforms level lifetime bans on Donald Trump? Does “lifetime” not mean lifetime anymore? I did not get that memo.
My second 30-day suspension on Facebook was for typing the word “Taliban,” but now Meta is allowing the head of America’s Taliban to return.
So, yeah. This cartoon is personal.
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