Major gun-rights group banned from Facebook without explanation

by Jenny Mount · Feb 3rd, 2021 3:50 pm

Last Updated Feb 4th, 2021 at 3:11 pm

Facebook has given a top Virginia gun-rights group the boot, and the social media giant is yet to provide any justification .

President of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, Philip Van Cleave, said the group's page simply disappeared. Facebook told the group the decision was final, but they would not provide an explanation.

"This was correctly actioned and we will not be republishing," said Kristen Morea, Facebook spokeswoman.

According to Van Cleave, the group used its Facebook page specifically to communicate with its members. The page helped raise awareness of Gov. Ralph Northam's gun-control agenda and mobilized activists in an attempt to block Democratic proposals.

"If they did this to us, it's just a matter of time," said Van Cleave. "I think we're a high-profile group and that's why we got singled out. Those who aren't as high profile as we are, I'm sure they're on the chopping block next."

The VCDL has never advocated for violence, nor was it involved with protesting the results of the 2020 election, according to Van Cleave. He believes the lack of clarity from Facebook suggests that the ban is "political."


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