A GOP congressional candidate in Georgia stated Facebook is “defending terrorists” by eradicating a marketing campaign video of her holding an AR-15 rifle as she warns Antifa to remain out of her state.
Marjorie Taylor Greene, a businesswoman vying in Tuesday’s main to succeed US Rep. Tom Graves in Georgia’s 14th Congressional District, posted the spot on Facebook on June 2, telling the far-left militant group to “keep the hell out of northwestern Georgia” whereas on the porch of a neighborhood enterprise.
Two days later, the platform eliminated the video, saying it violated firm insurance policies towards selling the usage of firearms, Fox Information studies.
“We’ve seen it time after time once more, the place conservative Individuals put their ideas, their emotions and their expressions and their beliefs on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, however but our posts get deleted and we get censored,” Greene instructed Fox Information Monday.
Greene stated she heard “rumors” that members of Antifa have been headed to her neighborhood, prompting her to launch the advert.
“I’m a authorized gun proprietor, I’ve a Georgia weapons license, I’m a enterprise proprietor,” Greene stated Monday. “I’m a spouse and mother and I’ve each proper to face there and say, ‘Don’t come and burn our church buildings, loot our companies and destroy our houses.’”
In a press release to Fox Information, Facebook defended eradicating the marketing campaign spot.
“We eliminated this advert, which advocates the usage of lethal weapons towards a clearly outlined group of individuals, for violating our insurance policies towards inciting violence,” the tech big stated.
Greene countered Facebook’s response by accusing the corporate of siding with “terrorists” whereas denying that she was inciting violence.
“They’re Communist basement dwellers who’ve come out and poured gasoline on a hearth and mainly hijacked protests and turned it into full chaos and anarc within the streets of America and Facebook is defending them,” Greene stated. “They’re not permitting us on a regular basis Individuals to defend ourselves, they’re selecting the aspect of anarchists and terrorists.”
The advert reportedly reached greater than 2 million individuals earlier than it was eliminated. On Twitter, the place the video was nonetheless accessible as of Tuesday, it had amassed greater than 1.1 million views and practically 20,000 retweets.