CultureJan 18, 2018 by Alyssa Duvall
Elizabeth Johnston, better known as the "Activist Mommy", a conservative Christian blogger and homeschooling mother, is calling out Facebook after deeming that a Facebook group that threatened to burn her alive didn't violate its community standards.
(Screenshot of Elizabeth Johnston's report to Facebook)
Johnston, whose social media content mainly revolves around her conservative Christian commentary of cultural and political issues, voiced her concern to Facebook administrators about a private Facebook group that was, at the time, titled "I will find Activist Mommy and burn whoever runs it alive."
Johnston shared the screenshot above with her Facebook followers on Sunday, which reads, "We looked over the group you reported, and though it doesn't go against one of our specific community standards, we understand that the group or something shared in may still be offensive to you and others."
With Facebook refusing to step in, Johnston and her massive following proceeded to report and infiltrate the group. Since her Sunday post about the group, it has since changed its name to "May God make the Activist Mommy Spontaneously Combust," according to Johnston, "because they're scared."
The group's admin also reportedly placed a disclaimer in its description which says, "I don't really want someone to burn her alive. I don't want to, I don't want followers to do so, just don't do it. I don't condone it."
Johnston shared with The Christian Post that she reached out directly by email to contacts she has at Facebook on Sunday and explained to them that "a page threatening my life is still up after hundreds of people have reported it."
A Facebook "official" replied to Johnston's email and told her that the matter had been internally escalated. However, the official explained that "given the new name and her disclaimer in the bio it doesn't violate our community standards."
"With a death threat, you never know 100 percent if someone is going to follow through on their threat," Johnston said. "But it is the job of Facebook to take all targeted death threats seriously. That is their job. For them to say that because now that the page has edited itself to claim that it is satire that they are not going to take the death threats seriously, just shows that we are all defenseless on Facebook's platform, especially public figures."
According to Johnston, who is followed by over 482,000 Facebook users, the social media giant judges these matters differently for public figures than they do private citizens.
"That is the thing that is even more dangerous about this is that it is a private group that is inciting violence against me. So I can't be there to see what it is," she added. "It is not like a public page where what they say about me I can see it. But I can't see what is going on inside of here. Last week, I got two very targeted death threat emails. I don't get those on a weekly basis. I get very hateful mail but I don't I get threats of, 'I know where you live.' Last week, I got two that were so frightening that I called the police and I filed a report."
One of the email threats that Johnston received alleged that her home address had been leaked. The other email said, "God will punish you for your sins. we all know where you live now. punishment is near sweatheart [sic]."
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