Former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul became one of the victims of censorship by Big Tech after Facebook blocked his account for unclear violations of the social network’s parameters.
Paul claimed to have been suspended without notice for apparently going against community standards even though he was never notified of any violation of those standards.
“Last week’s massive social media purges—starting with President Trump’s permanent ban from Twitter and other outlets—was shocking and chilling, particularly to those of us who value free expression and the free exchange of ideas,” Paul said in a statement.
“The justifications given for the silencing of wide swaths of public opinion made no sense, and the process was anything but transparent. Nowhere in President Trump’s two ‘offending’ tweets, for example, was a call for violence expressed explicitly or implicitly. It was a classic example of sentence first, verdict later,” he added.
Paul shared the article on Facebook around 10 a.m. EST. Hours later, on Twitter, Paul said his Facebook account was blocked.
After a group of protesters reportedly identified members of the leftist antifa group as infiltrating the Washington Capitol, thousands of users of both Twitter and Amazon were purged from both platforms.
On Jan. 11, Twitter announced that it removed the accounts of 70,000 users who shared “QAnon-associated content” following the protests on Capitol Hill.
In a statement, Twitter said that the massive censorship seeks to “protect the conversation on our service from attempts to incite violence, organize attacks, and share deliberately misleading information about the election outcome.”
However, last year several Democratic politicians showed their support for the riots by leftist groups like Black Lives Matter that unleashed chaos in several U.S. states without facing any sanction from the big technology companies.
Facebook recently announced that it would eliminate any publication that mentions the phrase “Stop the Steal,” a phrase that alludes to the slogans of protesters who demanded integrity in the voting in the Nov. 3, 2020 election before the allegations of fraud in favor of Joe Biden.
“We’re taking additional steps and using the same teams and technologies we used during the general election to stop misinformation and content that could incite further violence during these next few weeks,” Facebook announced in a statement.
“We are now removing content containing the phrase “stop the steal” under our Coordinating Harm policy from Facebook and Instagram,” he added.