Facebook Removes 'Patriot Prayer' Less Than a Week After Antifa Killed its Member
Page and groups leader banned from platform
Conservative group “Patriot Prayer" has been blacklisted by Facebook as well as the group’s leader, Joey Gibson, just a week after one of its members was murdered by an Antifa rioter in Portland.
Facebook said the purge was part of its “ongoing efforts to remove Violent Social Militias from our platform.”
The social media paltform suspended Joey Gibson’s personal account along with his group Patriot Prayer, the Oregonian reported.
The account purges come less than a week aft Patriot Prayer member Aaron “Jay” Danielson, was shot and killed by self-professed Portland Antifa member Michael Forest Reinoehl.
Rest In Peace Jay! https://t.co/j6FYxIygmh— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 30, 2020
Reinoehl was given a platform by Vice News, where he admitted shooting Danielson, stating that he “had no choice.”
“I hate to say it, but I see a civil war right around the corner,” said Reinoehl in the interview.
Reinoehlhad described himself in previous social media posts as “100% ANTIFA.”
Not long after the interview, Reinoehl was killed by law enforcement after an arrest warrant had been issued by the Portland police.
Associated Press reported that Reinoehl pulled a gun on the officers.
Gibson said Facebook had not given him an explanation as to why the accounts have been removed from the platform.
Patriot Prayer’s Instagram was also deactivated.
Facebook spokesperson Jen Ridings told the Oregonian the removal was part of “ongoing efforts to remove Violent Social Militias from our platform.”
The report added Gibson is questioning why Antifa-linked Facebook accounts are still active following the murder.
Gibson’s attorney, Angus Lee, said that Facebook’s decision to ban the accounts are a “very serious demonstration of the unchecked power of electronic oligarchs to control information,” reports the Oregonian.
“Obviously, Mr. Gibson is very upset right now and feels as though there is an effort to silence him,” added Lee.