CrossFit versus Facebook – The true reason behind account deletions

CrossFit deleted its Facebook and Instagram pages on 22 May 2019, and has explained its decision in a press statement.

CrossFit was founded by Greg Glassman and Lauren Jenai in 2000 and includes high-intensity interval training, weightlifting and powerlifting, gymnastics, and other exercises.

In its press statement the company described itself as a “contrarian physiological and nutrition prescription for improving fitness and health”.

“It is contrarian because prevailing views of fitness, health, and nutrition are wrong and have unleashed a tsunami of chronic disease upon our friends, family, and communities,” it said.

“The voluntary CrossFit community stands steadfastly and often alone against an unholy alliance of academia, government, and multinational food, beverage, and pharmaceutical companies.”

Building online communities

CrossFit said it also defends the right of its affiliates, trainers, and athletes to build voluntary CrossFit associations and speak freely about their ideas and principles.

CrossFit’s said it has catalogued its tireless defense of its community against overreaching governments, malicious competitors, and corrupt academic organisations.

This has now extended to its Facebook and Instagram pages, after the company deleted the properties following Facebook’s decision to take down the Banting 7 Day Meal Plan user group without warning or explanation.

Banting 7 Day Meal Plan Facebook page

The Banting 7 Day Meal Plan’s Facebook page is supported by Food Lovers Market and has over 1.6 million members.

Over 1 million of its members are from South Africa and the group states that it supports all banters.

“Our meal plans strictly adhere to the banting ideology of Low Carb High Fat,” the Facebook page states.

CrossFit said Facebook’s decision to delete the page, even though it has since been reinstated, should give “any serious person reason to pause”.

The company said Facebook oversees a significant share of the marketplace of public thought and has betrayed its responsibility and assurance of good faith, transparency, and due process.

CrossFit said it therefore decided to remove its Facebook and Instagram pages as it “investigates the circumstances pertaining to Facebook’s deletion of the Banting 7 Day Meal Plan” page.

CrossFit investigation

CrossFit listed eight publicly-sourced complaints about Facebook’s actions, which include:

  1. Facebook collects and aggregates user information and shares it with state and federal authorities, as well as security organisations from other countries.
  2. Facebook collaborates with government security agencies on massive citizen surveillance programs such as PRISM.
  3. Facebook censors and removes user accounts based on unknown criteria and at the request of third parties including government and foreign government agencies.
  4. Facebook collects, aggregates, and sells user information as a matter of business. Its business model allows governments and businesses alike to use its algorithmically conjured advertising categories as sophisticated data-mining and surveillance tools.
  5. Facebook’s news feeds are censored and crafted to reflect the political leanings of Facebook’s utopian socialists while remaining vulnerable to misinformation campaigns designed to stir up violence and prejudice.
  6. Facebook, as a matter of business and principle, has weak intellectual property protections and is slow to close down IP theft accounts.
  7. Facebook has poor security protocols and has been subject to the largest security breaches of user data in history.
  8. Facebook is acting in the service of food and beverage industry interests by deleting the accounts of communities that have identified the corrupted nutritional science responsible for unchecked global chronic disease.

“For these reasons, CrossFit has placed Facebook and its associated properties under review and will no longer support or use Facebook’s services until further notice,” it said.

No comment from Facebook

MyBroadband asked Facebook for comment, but the company said “We are not commenting on this”.

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