Facebook Censors Nashville Shooter's Manifesto for Violating 'Community Standards'

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Portions of writings purportedly penned by Audrey Hale, the mass shooter who killed six people at a Christian school in Nashville, TN, were obtained by Steven Crowder’s team, who subsequently published the contents of her diary.


Crowder shared the details of the shooter’s writings on various social media platforms, including Facebook, which decided to censor the document, citing its Community Standards on violence and incitement. Crowder wrote a post on X with a screenshot showing Facebook’s censorship of the documents.

The writings, which are being referred to as Hale’s “manifesto,” were found on the shooter after the tragic shooting. So far, federal investigators in possession of the writings have withheld them from the public despite Freedom of Information Act requests and legal pressure. The school itself sought to block the release of the killer’s writings, which also include a “final video” that she recorded before carrying out the attack.


The incident has been under scrutiny, with people questioning the shooter’s motives. The revelation that Hale identified as a transgender male added another layer of complexity to this situation, with people surmising that her gender identity could have played a role in motivating her to carry out the assault.

The leak of the documents comes amid a legal battle over the release of the manifesto. Both sides gave their arguments in court last month, but the judges have not yet made a ruling on the matter.

However, the details that were released by Crowder might shed light on why the government and Facebook wished to conceal these revelations. In her writings, Hale mentioned that she specifically wanted to kill white children, who she referred to as “little crackers” because of their “white privileges.”

So far, it seems clear that at least one of Hale’s motivations was her attitudes toward white people. Her use of the term “white privilege” seems to suggest that she was influenced by leftist ideology. The term is commonly used in those circles to argue that white people enjoy special advantages in society over nonwhites.

At this juncture, it seems clear that political concerns surrounded the decision to keep Hale’s writings hidden. While those advocating for concealing her manifesto argued that it could inspire other such killers, there can be little doubt that if Hale had murdered racial minorities due to bigotry, it probably would have been publicized shortly after the news broke about the shooting. This has been the case in most other racially motivated mass shootings.


While the nation has a somewhat better understanding about what motivated Hale to commit this atrocity, there is still more that remains shrouded by the government. This means there are likely other aspects of what led her to kill her victims earlier this year. The legal battle has not yet been decided. But one way or another, it appears the nation might one day understand what caused this tragedy.


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