Republican U.S. Senate candidate Austin Petersen was “blocked” from Facebook after he violated the social platform policies by posting a video promoting an AR-15 giveaway.
Petersen says he learned of the block via a notification informing him his post had “violated Facebook’s policies.” On September 28, he published an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg, which said in part:
“In my campaign for the United States Senate, I have made Facebook a centerpiece of my outreach efforts […] I was so shocked to receive a notification from Facebook informing me that I had been “blocked” from using Facebook because I “recently posted something that violates Facebook’s policies.” Believing this to be a mistake, my campaign reached out to Facebook for more information. Today — six days later — I still have not received an explanation, and the block remains in effect.”
In another portion of the open letter to Zuckerberg, Peterson wrote, “It’s difficult to ignore that this action comes during a period of heightened tension regarding Facebook’s role in our elections, and its perceived bias against conservative voices.”
It’s disturbing to see Republican politicians promoting the proliferation of firearms when so many incidents of gun violence are reported every week across the United States.
Just yesterday, multiple children were shot at a daycare center after a toddler found a gun and brought it with him, Political Dig reported.
Far from taking any actions to address the epidemic of gun violence in the United States, Republicans have taken it upon themselves to help make it easier for people to get their hands on deadly weapons.