A Missouri Republican Senate candidate got temporarily banned from his Facebook page after promoting an AR-15 giveaway.
Austin Petersen, who was the runner-up for the 2016 Libertarian Party Presidential candidate, says his personal Facebook account was suspended after he hosted a livestream on his professional Facebook page.
Petersen’s campaign page, AP4Liberty, is working and up to date. His personal page, Austin Wade, has been inactive since late September.
“I was signed out of Facebook on all my devices,” Petersen told Reason. “When I signed back in, I received a message saying that my livestream had been the cause of me being banned for 30 days.”
“This was a livestream done on my professional public facing account,” he said, “but it was my personal account (Austin Wade) that got the ban.”
Petersen said that Facebook suggested that it was a mistake in the automatic filtering system. He is not so sure that’s the case. “[the filter] takes down videos almost instantaneously, while my video wasn’t taken down until 24 hours after it was created.”
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In response, Petersen published an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook.
“In my campaign for the United States Senate, I have made Facebook a centerpiece of my outreach efforts,” he said. “I have used both my personal profile and my official page to connect with friends, family, and supporters, and to share and express our views about the future of the country.”
“That’s why, on September 22, I was so shocked to receive a notification from Facebook informing me that my personal account had been ‘blocked’ from using Facebook for thirty days because I ‘recently posted something that violates Facebook’s policies.”
“It’s difficult to ignore that this action comes during a period of heightened tension regarding Facebook’s role in our elections, and its perceived bias against conservative voices,” he continued. “Moreover, the fact that your Chief Operating Officer — Sheryl Sandberg — has ‘leaned into’ my election by donating the maximum allowable amount to my opponent does not inspire confidence in Facebook’s neutrality.”
“Blocking a candidate for the United States Senate for exercising support of the Second Amendment — especially when that candidate is challenging an incumbent favored by members of your board — is cause for concern and worthy of a larger conversation and a public explanation,” said Petersen.
Many have accused Facebook of suppressing conservative opinions, although the company routinely denies the practice. In the meantime, Petersen is leveraging his Twitter feed as well as his professional page to promote the AR-15 giveaway.
Mark Zuckerberg is the next George soros! I was banned from Facebook multiple times for espousing constitutional liberty pro American views. I guess once you have all the money you need and you’re still unhappy then tyranny is the next dream you have.
This man opposes a woman who utterly despises gun owners and everything they stand for.I wish him luck and hope to vote for him in 2018.
He’d look damn good standing beside cruz,rand,and Lee as part of the freedom brigade in our senate
Facebook is a liberal apparatchik. It suspended my account indefinitely for challenging the Left-wing provocateurs running rampant spreading misinformation, name-calling, made-up facts, etc, etc.
I don’t like FACEBOOK NEVER USED AND WE NOT NEED IT, ARE LIBASTARDS WHO NEED IT, WE NEED TO INVENT SAMETHING THAT IS OUR OWN AND BOICOT FACEBOOK WE LIVE HUNDRES OF YEARS WITH AUT WE STILL CAN LIVE HUNDRES MORE WITH OUT
Great article that shows why I stopped using Farcebook and refuse to give Pukerberg any business whatsoever. Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone did?
The US political Neo-left hates the American white male middle class.
Facebook and eBay and PayPal and numerous other online tools that most of us use daily are:
Using our dollars to promote unhealthy and deviant activities and lifestyles;
Repressive of opinions of folks like us;
Stealthy and sneaky and devious about the above.
In other words, enemies hiding in plain sight among us. Why are we supporting them? And I type this on an Apple I-phone, supporting CEO Tim Cook’s radical gay-lesbian-trans-etc agenda.
Woe is us!
And Facebook deleted my ad ,on a local Facebook farm site “Chickens for Sale” = not kidding. They don’t want chickens or any other farm animal going to a “bad” home.
News break- – – New Name Change, – TWOFACED BOOK
I have always and only called it Assface…
I have never used it.
So much for the 1st Amendment.
This guy shouldn’t be allowed to own a gun. His AR is loaded and leaning against a piece of moveable furniture. That’s a safety violation in any civilized military.
How do you know the AR is loaded? There’s simply a magazine inserted into the well. Also, pretty sure he’s not in the military.
Just how can you tell it is loaded? I can see a clip in it but that could be empty and just in for the photo.
So your xray eyes can see a loaded chamber? ,lol!
Can’t fix stupid or macaskil supporters.
Facebook, Google, YouTube and the like are shaping the politics of the world. Take anything you see or hear on them with a grain of salt. Weak minded fools believe all that is shown on them.
Black rifles ARE super scary. Do what I did and paint it Foliage green. Flat dark earth would also work.
Fakebook, another front for the new Brownshirts.
Not to bright is you haven’t figured out by now the Facebook, is nothing but a liberal tolling booth for their Agenda! They make money off all you fools!
CIAbook. They mine it for information on everyone who uses it. They are not supposed to spy on US citizens within the US.