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Facebook blocks users from sharing DailyMail.com story about BLM founder’s property empire

In the offending story, it emerged that Patrisse Cullors, 37, had spent $1.4 million on a Los Angeles property

Facebook has reportedly stopped users from sharing articles by the New York Post and DailyMail.com about a BLM founder’s multi-million dollar property empire while users were allowed to share it from other outlets.

Users that wanted to share links to the DailyMail.com and New York Post stories were met with a message that said it ‘couldn’t be shared,’ according to Mediate.

But Mediate noted that the same article in Black Enterprise was allowed to be shared by Facebook users. Black Enterprise and DailyMail.com both cited the New York Post in their stories.

“This content was removed for violating our privacy and personal information policy,”  a Facebook spokesperson told DailyMail.com.

The spokesperson claimed that the article ‘shared multiple details which could identify the residence of one of the BLM founders, in violation of her privacy rights.’

‘As per our Community Standards: We do not allow people to post personal or confidential information about yourself or of others,’ the spokesperson said.

‘We remove content that shares, offers or solicits personally identifiable information or other private information that could lead to physical or financial harm, including financial, residential, and medical information, as well as private information obtained from illegal sources.’

Facebook has blocked users from sharing articles by DailyMail.com and the New York Post

Facebook has blocked users from sharing articles by DailyMail.com and the New York Post

In addition to the Topanga Canyon property, The New York Post reports that Cullors and her husband also purchased a 'custom ranch' on 3.2 acres in Conyers, Georgia last year

In addition to the Topanga Canyon property, The New York Post reports that Cullors and her husband also purchased a ‘custom ranch’ on 3.2 acres in Conyers, Georgia last year

Cullors' Conyers residence reportedly comes complete with its own pool and airplane hangar

Cullors’ Conyers residence reportedly comes complete with its own pool and airplane hangar

An error message shows that the DailyMail.com article cannot be shared on Facebook

An error message shows that the DailyMail.com article cannot be shared on Facebook

An error message posted to Twitter shows that the New York Post article cannot be shared on Facebook

An error message posted to Twitter shows that the New York Post article cannot be shared on Facebook

Whitlock's original tweet, on Friday morning, was removed by Twitter for 'violating rules'

Whitlock’s original tweet, on Friday morning, was removed by Twitter for ‘violating rules’

The social media giant noted ‘We also provide people ways to report imagery that they believe to be in violation of their privacy rights,’ which appears to suggest that the removal may have been requested by BLM founder Patrisse Cullors.

Mediate noted that Twitter recently suspended sports writer Jason Whitlock for sharing the story. 

‘Black Lives Matter founder buys $1.4 million home in Topanga, which has a black population of 1.4 percent. She’s with her people!,’ Whitlock wrote, according to the outlet.

Other Twitter users were allowed to share the post on Twitter so the reason for the suspension remains unclear.

BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors (pictured) has raised eyebrows with her property portfolio

Patrisse Cullors on Tuesday defended her growing property portfolio

BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors (pictured) has raised eyebrows with her property portfolio

In the offending story, it emerged that Patrisse Cullors, 37, had spent $1.4 million on a Los Angeles property – her fourth home, and her third in the city – in an overwhelmingly white neighborhood.

The New York Post reported Cullors had also bought two other LA homes in recent years, and paid $415,000 for a 3.2 acre property in Georgia.

On Tuesday the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, of which Cullors is a director, issued a statement saying that they had not paid for her house.

They said Cullors has been paid a total of $120,000 since the organization was founded in 2013, and said she was compensated ‘for duties such as serving as spokesperson and engaging in political education work.’ 

The $1.4 million home Patrisse Cullors purchased in the Topanga Canyon area of Los Angeles

The $1.4 million home Patrisse Cullors purchased in the Topanga Canyon area of Los Angeles 

Cullors' new home has high ceilings and a sliding door leading out to the tree-filled yard

Cullors’ new home has high ceilings and a sliding door leading out to the tree-filled yard

The light-filled and airy home is just 20 miles from where she grew up, but a world away in style

The light-filled and airy home is just 20 miles from where she grew up, but a world away in style

The property features its own guest cabin (right) which the realtor says could serve as an office

The property features its own guest cabin (right) which the realtor says could serve as an office

Cullors' expansive new home boasts of canyon views and calm amid the trees

Cullors’ expansive new home boasts of canyon views and calm amid the trees

She has not been paid since 2019, the group said.

Cullors has become one of the most high-profile campaigners in the United States since founding BLM in 2013, with a best-selling memoir, a follow-up on the way, and a deal with Warner Bros to produce content.

They said Cullors has been paid a total of $120,000 since the organization was founded in 2013, and said she was compensated ‘for duties such as serving as spokesperson and engaging in political education work.’

She has not been paid since 2019, the group said.

Black Lives MAter posted a statement about the 'false and dangerous story' on Tuesday

Black Lives MAter posted a statement about the ‘false and dangerous story’ on Tuesday

Twitter users react to articles by the New York Post and DailyMail.com being blocked on Facebook

Twitter users react to articles by the New York Post and DailyMail.com being blocked on Facebook

Cullors has become one of the most high-profile campaigners in the United States since founding BLM in 2013, with a best-selling memoir, a follow-up on the way, and a deal with Warner Bros to produce content.

People were quick to call Facebook out for the ‘hypocrisy’ on Thursday.

Twitter user @NickLlo1975 wrote: ‘#Awkwardmoment when Facebook censors the @nypost for outing Patrisse Khan-Cullors’ hypocrisy.’ 

Abigail Marone, the press secretary for Sen. Josh Hawley, tweeted: ‘Why won’t Facebook & Instagram let users share this @nypost article about ‘BLM co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors’ million-dollar real estate buying binge’?’

Hawley retweeted her post and added: ‘@Facebook censoring the @nypost … where have I seen this before.’

Zaid Jilani, a former reporter at The Intercept, wrote: ‘Can you share this article on Facebook or Facebook Messenger? I was blocked from doing it. What gives?’

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