As a part of efforts to remove ‘violent social militias,’ Facebook on Friday removed the page of Patriot Prayer, a US right-wing group. The social media giant also took down the page of Joey Gibson, the founder of the group.
The company had renewed its policies last month to ban groups that demonstrate significant risks to public safety. It had also brought down several pages that propagated the QAnon conspiracy.
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The group has hosted dozens of pro-gun, pro-Trump rallies. During one of its demonstrations last week in Portland, it had clashed with the BLM protesters, and one of its supporters was killed.
Meanwhile, Gibson accused Facebook of having a double standard in the issue.
“Antifa groups murdered my friend while he was walking home, and instead of the multibillion-dollar company banning Portland Antifa pages they ban Patriot Prayer, Joey Gibson and several other grandmas that are admins,” he wrote in a statement published on Patriot Prayer’s website.
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Earlier, he had cautioned the supporters of the movement to not seek revenge, but rather “push back politically, spiritually.” The Patriot Prayer page, created in 2017, had nearly 45,000 followers on Facebook.
In a similar move last week, Facebook had removed content associated with the Kenosha Guard, a group that posted a “call to arms” in Kenosha, Wisconsin.