Facebook removed "New Jersey Women For Trump," a private group with over 29,000 members, from its platform on Saturday. President Trump reacted to the story the same day, saying, "Put them back NOW!"
"People are really, really mad," said Priscilla Confrey, co-director of the group. "When you have that many people and they're shut down, they feel silenced.
It was a lot of work over the past year for a private group to just be shut down without notification.
Three days before Election Day? That is absolutely appalling. I just think these companies, these social media groups, have too much power. They offer to you to open up a group on their social media platform, and you could have 30,000 members, and they shut it down without telling you anything."
Confrey said Facebook flagged posts on the group's page in the last two weeks, including posts related to the coronavirus. She said she deletes any posts that get flagged.
Roughly 11 hours after Trump tweeted at Facebook, the account was restored and the ban was blamed on an "enforcement error," the president tweeted.