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"...safe haven for the conservative movement where we can share ideas and thoughts and express ourselves without fear of retribution."
Fed up with the threat of "censorship" on Facebook, a group of a conservatives are launching their own social network called "The Tea Party Community." The site, which doesn't even officially go online until Saturday, has already attracted nearly 50,000 members.
The site's co-founder, Tea Party activist Ken Crow, told Fox News that The Tea Party Community will be the "new home for conservatives and the Tea Party movement in America."
"Most of us are subjected to censorship on Facebook…I’ve been suspended there as have many of my friends. You also absorb a lot of abuse from liberals," Crow said.
Crow reportedly teamed up with Tim Selaty Sr. and Tim Selaty Jr. to put the social networking site together in November, which dubs itself as a "safe haven for the conservative movement where we can share ideas and thoughts and express ourselves without fear of retribution."
Crow said he, along with many other conservatives, feel as if Facebook intentionally targets conservatives through its policies.
“Most of us are subjected to censorship on Facebook,” Crow explained. “I’ve been suspended there as have many of my friends. You also absorb a lot of abuse from liberals.”
"As many as 100 Facebook users contacted Fox News with complaints that the social networking site had either removed conservative content or blocked them for posting conservative content," Fox News reports.
It’s no surprise The Tea Party Community has a very similar look and feel to Facebook.
“That was intentional,” Crow said. “We didn’t want there to be a learning curve for the new members.”
You can “friend” people and “like” posts. You can also join pages and meet up with like-minded conservatives in your home state. And like Facebook – The Tea Party Community is free of charge.
Crow said he’s not surprised by the popularity of The Tea Party Community. He expects it to become not just a social networking site – but a political networking site.
As TheBlaze previously reported, Facebook recently threatened to shut down the popular conservative website "Chicks on the Right" Facebook fan page for a post that criticized White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.
"Jay Carney can kiss my assular area," the post read.
The two women behind the website, Amy Jo Clark and Miriam Weaver, are thankful that Fox News, TheBlaze and other conservative websites covered their story as the exposure helped prevent them from being censored.
"Some of the smaller sites are getting pinged and hit by these liberal trolls and there’s no one they can talk to," Clark said.
Many others have contacted TheBlaze alleging censorship by Facebook due to their conservative views.
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