Claim: Facebook removed an image of “Little Timmy” saluting the United States flag because “non-Americans” found it offensive.
Example: [Collected via Facebook, October 2015]
DONT KNOW WAHT HAS HAPPENED IN ARE COUNTRY BUT WE MUST TAKE ACTION AND GET IT BACK PEOPLE.
Origins: On 25 October 2015 the Facebook page “Southern Baptists for Todd Kincannon 7” posted the above-displayed photograph and message about an image of “Little Timmy Saluting the Flag” being removed from Facebook because non-Americans found it “hateful.” The post was shared more than 80,000 times within a week of its original posting, and many viewers took its message literally and accused Facebook of being anti-American.
The truth is that this photograph was never removed by Facebook. The page “Southern Baptists For Todd Kincannon 7” is a satirical group that frequently posts memes in an attempt to stir up anger among conservatives. For instance, on 1 September 2015 this page started a false rumor that the word “Denali” was a Kenyan word for “Black Power.”
The “Southern Baptists for Todd Kincannon 7” page does self-identify as satire, but there are several ways to discern the site’s humorous nature. The biggest tip-off comes from the Facebook page’s About section which lists a porn web site (bangamidget) in place of a web site for Todd Kincannon:
Last updated: 30 October 2015
Originally published: 30 October 2015