Facebook has banned the group 500 Moms Strong, an organization opposed to Drag Queen Story Hours — events where men dress as women and read stories to small children at local libraries. This was the third time the group has been shuttered by the platform.
500 Moms Strong was started in 2019 by Anna Bohach of Spokane, Washington to combat the political agenda of Drag Queen Story Hour, arguing that the practice creates a degrading caricature of women and sexualizes children.
Facebook removed the group earlier this week, citing a violation of their "community standards" and arguing that it is "transphobic." The first time the page was shut down was for "hate speech" after a post that said, "Reminder: Women don't have to be polite to someone who is making them uncomfortable." The second time was after a post about a trans-identified male who was removed from a restroom in Idaho.
On Twitter, Bohach announced the group's ban from Facebook and referenced President Trump, with a clear nod to his May 28th executive order that addressed censorship by online platforms.
? A page set up to counter the group, 500 Drag Queens Strong, is still active despite public support for groups such as Antifa. Other parody accounts meant to mock Bohach and her group also remain active.