Propeller.COM Just Banned My Article For TOS Violation. Why?

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I wrote an article yesterday entitled John McCain Announces Vice Presidential Candidate on Eve of DNC.  This morning, I posted it on, one of the leading social networking sites behind and

The article, a complete satire, made it to the front page of and brought thousands of visitors to my site.

As I was reading the many interesting comments (some loved the article, others were offended, and a few–who clearly did not read the whole thing– thought that it was meant to be serious),  I refreshed my screen to find this message from 

Article Removed

This article has been removed from our system for violating our Terms of Use.

What is a social networking site suppose to be if not freedom of expression?  Do the owners of, AOL, not permit any form of satire that might be considered controversial?  Would this have happened on or  Or, did a few of the people who read and believed the article report it out of some misplaced bitterness?

Here are’s Terms of Service.

Who can tell me why I was banned?  Is it right for a social networking site to ban a satirical article? 

And one last question:  Do you think that this article will get banned?

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Richard Cummings

Richard Cummings is writer, traveler, and web content developer.

Get your copy of his latest book entitled Obvious Conclusions, stories of a Midwestern emigrant influenced and corrupted by many years living in San Francisco and abroad. It just received its first outstanding review "...reminiscent of David Sedaris or Augusten Burroughs" on Amazon UK.
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