On May 14th, 2019, nearly two million people on the ketogenic diet found themselves without a support system, no new meal recipes to add to their week, and really…no home.
Banting 7-Day Meal Plans, a popular Facebook low-carb group with over 1.6 million members, was banned by the platform without warning.
Many were in uproar and disbelief. Heated discussions around censorship, targeted attacks, and even anti-low-carb conspiracies ran amuck.
Notable figures such as Professor Tim Noakes, Dr. Shawn Baker, Marika Sboros, and Crossfit founder Greg Glassman chimed in with their own two cents. Clashing opinions, ranging from blaming silent but powerful anti-fat industry heads to supporting Facebook’s decision because they believe the diet is unscientific, caused quite the schism. Or rather…widened the schism that’s been building as more and more adopt ketogenic/low-carb/banting lifestyles.
After all was said and done, Facebook reinstated the group 2 days later.
What could have caused the banning of millions in the first place?
The creator of “Banting 7-Day Meal Plans”, Rita Venter, joins this episode to walk us through the entire debacle.
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Banting 7-Day Meal Plans group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1547776405444325
Rita’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/xeyedmess
Diet Doctor’s write-up on the situation: https://www.dietdoctor.com/facebook-shuts-down-then-reinstates-popular-low-carb-support-group
Full episode transcription: https://hvmn.com/podcast/banting-facebook-group-ft-rita-venter-ep-115
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