UPDATE: JANUARY 10, 2017, 9:00 P.M. (ET)
God Emperor Trump has been completely restored. The page is back in its entirety. We received no explanation or notification from Facebook.
The day began with heavy hearts and angry minds, and it ends with a celebratory euphoria not felt by God Emperor Trump’s administrators since November 8, 2016. This will be a succinct recounting of the events over the last two days and a list of thank-yous, followed by the original press release.
January 8, 2017, 3:45 a.m. – Followers of God Emperor Trump was banned. This was our backup page, and it contained roughly 45,000 likes. We worked hard to make Followers of God Emperor Trump (FoGET) its own personality and member of the God Emperor Trump brand, and it remains the only casualty. It will be sorely missed. When FoGET was taken down there was no content removed from the page. Accordingly, we tried to appeal the ban. Unfortunately, the page was almost immediately deleted by Facebook, and every page admin was given a ban ranging from 24 hours to 30 days.
January 8, 2017, 7 p.m. – God Emperor Trump gained hundreds of followers on Twitter, and created a Gab account. We never intended to expand outside of Facebook, but deemed it necessary to stay connected with our fans.
January 9, 2017, 12 p.m. – The main admin and creator of God Emperor Trump had his ban lifted, and God Emperor Trump became active again.
January 10, 2017, 1 a.m. – God Emperor Trump was unpublished from Facebook. See the below press release for more information.
January 10, 2017, 5 a.m. – The creator and admin of God Emperor Trump woke to discover the situation. Friends and allies were already trying to make sense of the situation, and were especially concerned due to the creator’s apparent absence. Upon waking, the creator immediately contacted allies in the alternative media (namely Info Wars and Breitbart), who were happy to offer their vocal support.
January 10, 2017 – 9 a.m. – The creator received an email from his website hosting provider warning the hosting package was reaching its limits, and encouraging him to buy a larger package. Fearing a DDoS attack, the creator upgraded the hosting package and began to search for the origin of the new visitors. Further investigation revealed users of Reddit, Twitter, and Facebook were all sharing our press release. For several hours we received hundreds of views per minute.
January 10, 2017 – 12 p.m. – Info Wars published its article. As of the publication of this release, the article was shared on Facebook alone almost 8,000 times.
January 10, 2017 – 2 p.m. – With the help of a close friend, the creator started the new page, God Emperor Trump II: The Emperor Strikes Back. It would go on to gain almost 7,000 ‘likes’ in its first four hours.
January 10, 2017 – 3 p.m. – Messages of condolences and solidarity began pouring in from as faraway as Italy and New Zealand.
January 10, 2017 – 7:30 p.m. – The page was mysteriously republished. The creator never appealed the ban. Some posts were deleted by the creator in preparation of an appeal, but it was never initiated. The admins conferred and decided to wait to hear from other alternative media outlets before appealing the decision.
This brings us up to the time this press release is written and published. We have no idea what internal decision making Facebook underwent to come to their decision to republish our page, and frankly, we do not care. We did nothing wrong, even according to Facebook’s arbitrary Community Standards. We are thrilled to be back, and cannot thank everyone who helped nearly enough. Below is a list of individuals and groups who we wish to thank. This is not an exhaustive list, please forgive us if we forget you. It has been an exhausting day.
Thank you to –
Dan Lyman and everyone at Info Wars
Our tremendous community
Pizza Party Ben
Lucas Nolan and Breitbart
Tom Pappert and The Honest Media
Everyone who tweeted #GodEmperorTrump
Richard, Jayson, Phillip, and David
…and so many more we will never forget!
Below is the original press release:
RELEASE: JANUARY 10, 2017
God Emperor Trump, a pro-Trump Facebook page with roughly 212,000 ‘likes’, was unpublished by Facebook at approximately 1 a.m. on January 10, 2017. No reason was given, no content was removed, and no admins received individual punishment. The notification at the top of the page implies “hate speech” is what provoked the action. Yet, we have not been given any evidence of hateful speech on the page, and actively try to be as open and welcoming to all people as possible.
It appears Facebook unpublished this pro-Trump page for no other reasons other than that it is a large, effective page that supports President-elect Donald J. Trump.
God Emperor Trump reached an audience of between 3 million and 6 million people per week, depending on the quality of content produced. We went out of our way to be open to all races, creeds, ethnicities, even nationalities, even though we are a pro-America, pro-Trump page. We never once posted something derogatory about race, gender, ethnicity, or nationality. All were welcome at God Emperor Trump, so long as they supported the President-elect, and loved the United States of America.
This action by Facebook comes days after Facebook unpublished and deleted our backup page, Followers of God Emperor Trump. This again happened in the dead of night, and we were given no evidence of our wrongdoing. The page was also unpublished, then deleted, with no content removed, and no reason given. We wrote a press release on this separate issue here.
This is not the first time God Emperor Trump has been singled out by Facebook for punishment. In September of 2016 the page was unpublished, again with no provocation or evidence of wrongdoing. The page was only republished after alternative media figures used their voices to pressure Facebook. Articles on this event will be provided on request.
Within the last two weeks, one of the admins of God Emperor Trump was banned for 30 days after sharing a post from another page. The owner of the page did not have the post removed, and was not punished by Facebook. The admin who shared the post from the other page to God Emperor Trump is the only one who was punished for the allegedly hateful speech it contained.
The creator and most active admin of God Emperor Trump is available for comment via email, phone, or Skype. Please email email@example.com to contact the primary admin.
*Department of Memes is the official website for the God Emperor Trump brand. This website is under construction, and will now be finished ASAP to provide a new place for our community to interact. We do not have a new or backup Facebook page yet. If one is created, it will be posted on this website.