Facebook Enacts ‘Irreversible’ Ban of NC Mayor without Explanation: Report

October 29th, 2021 4:57 PM

Facebook has reportedly restricted yet another American conservative politician, North Carolina Mayor BJ Barnes with little explanation other than that the ban is “irreversible.”

Platforms continue to penalize conservative politicians. Barnes has reportedly been “banned from Facebook — twice,” now having lost direct communication with approximately 9,000 followers. “The block came after a post in which Barnes referenced ‘Obiden,’ a term coined by former President Donald Trump when referring to President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama,” McDowell News reported Oct. 28. “Barnes said he suspects terms used by conservatives are often sought out on Facebook by those looking to block posts or accounts.”

McDowell News further reported that “Nearly 9,000 people follow Barnes’ popular Facebook page, which can still be viewed, but has no new posts since early May when Barnes said he was first ‘bumped’ from the social media site.” Barnes commented that “[t]hey blocked me for about a month the first time,” according to McDowell News. Barnes also reportedly said that he was not given a reason by Facebook for the ban. Facebook reportedly banned Barnes yet again when the governor attempted to make “another page,” and “This time, Facebook sent a message, indicating that the ban was  ‘irreversible.’”

As a result, Barnes reportedly claimed he is mulling over the idea of starting a webpage of his own. 

Facebook has a history of sabotaging conservative politicians.

Facebook suspended then-President Trump indefinitely, even as he called for peace amidst the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6. Trump assured his supporters, “I know your pain. I know your hurt,” but told them “you have to go home now. We have to have peace.” President Trump also said he agreed the election was “fraudulent,” but warned, “we can’t play into the hands of these people.” Zuckerberg declared on Jan. 7 that blocking Trump’s accounts on Facebook and Instagram would be extended indefinitely, as “We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great.”

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