On Oct. 11, 2018, I went to check my Facebook newsfeed and found that I was completely locked out of my personal account. After nearly 4 hours of working to convince Facebook that it was me trying to gain access to my account, I learned that my public page had been unpublished.
My page had nearly 70,000 followers, and it was one that I have been working to build for the last 4 years. I used it to post the articles I wrote and videos of my reporting. Facebook claimed that I was guilty of either “posting from a fake account, misleading users, or violating Facebook’s spam policies.”
I sincerely believe that there is no way I have violated any of the vague reasons given by Facebook, and although I have submitted an “appeal” to Facebook in an attempt to get my page back, I have yet to receive a response.
I talked about what happened during an interview with RT International:
I discussed the Facebook purge and the dangerous precedent it sets for journalists and independent voices from all parties and perspectives with Anya Parampil, Alex Rubinstein and Daniel McAdams on In Question:
I also discussed the First Amendment concerns that are raised by Facebook’s practice of censoring individuals who challenge the mainstream narrative with Tyrel Ventura, Tabetha Wallace, and Max Blumenthal on Watching The Hawks: