Facebook suspends Ron Paul's account after column criticizing idea Trump called for violence

by Laura Mize · Jan 12th, 2021 1:21 pm

Last Updated Jan 13th, 2021 at 11:13 am

Former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) says Facebook has suspended his account, even though he never called for violence or rebellion against the government.

On Twitter Monday, the former presidential hopeful shared a screen shot image of his Facebook account. The image included a message from Facebook saying it had taken action against the page for "repeatedly going against our Community Standards."

Paul said he has never previously been alerted to any violations of Facebook's community standards and that the platform has not pinpointed any content it claims is problematic. Paul's Facebook page remains visible, but he reportedly cannot make or edit any content.

Paul also wrote on Twitter that, on Monday, the day he received the suspension notice, he had published his regular column, which is named Texas Straight Talk. The Foundation for Economic Education reports that Monday's installment of the column criticizes tech companies' recent actions against conservatives and casts doubt on the idea that President Trump called for a siege on or violence against the U.S. Capitol building. The foundation also asserts that Paul did not call for any such actions, either.

"The justifications given for the silencing of wide swaths of public opinion made no sense and the process was anything but transparent," Paul's column reads, in part. "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."


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