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#GOP candidate: Facebook is ‘defending terrorists’ by censoring Antifa warning

#GOP candidate: Facebook is ‘defending terrorists’ by censoring Antifa warning

June 9, 2020 | 10:58am

A GOP congressional candidate in Georgia said Facebook is “defending terrorists” by removing a campaign video of her holding an AR-15 rifle as she warns Antifa to stay out of her state.

Marjorie Taylor Greene, a businesswoman vying in Tuesday’s primary to succeed US Rep. Tom Graves in Georgia’s 14th congressional district, posted the spot on Facebook on June 2, telling the far left militant group to “stay the hell out of northwestern Georgia” while on the porch of a local business.

Two days later, the platform removed the video, saying it violating company policies against promoting the use of firearms, Fox News reports.

“We’ve seen it time after time again, where conservative Americans put their thoughts, their feelings and their expressions and their beliefs on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, but yet our posts get deleted and we get censored,” Greene told Fox News Monday.

Greene said she heard “rumors” that members of Antifa were headed to her community, prompting her to release the ad.

“I’m a legal gun owner, I have a Georgia weapon’s license, I’m a business owner,” Greene said Monday. “I’m a wife and mom and I have every right to stand there and say, ‘Do not come and burn our churches, loot our businesses and destroy our homes.”

In a statement to Fox News, Facebook defended removing the campaign spot.

“We removed this ad, which advocates the use of deadly weapons against a clearly defined group of people, for violating our policies against inciting violence,” the tech giant said.

ANTIFA has declared war on our country.@realDonaldTrump responded by declaring them a domestic terrorist organization.

Here’s my message to ANTIFA terrorists:

Stay the HELL out of NW Georgia.

You won’t burn our churches, loot our businesses, or destroy our homes. pic.twitter.com/kBMh87G1ap

— Marjorie Taylor Greene For Congress?? (@mtgreenee) June 2, 2020

Greene countered Facebook’s response by accusing the company of siding with “terrorists” while denying that she was inciting violence.

“They’re Communist basement dwellers who have come out and poured gasoline on a fire and basically hijacked protests and turned it into complete chaos and anarc in the streets of America and Facebook is defending them,” Greene said. “They’re not allowing us everyday Americans to defend ourselves, they’re choosing the side of anarchists and terrorists.”

The ad reportedly reached more than 2 million people before it was removed. On Twitter, where the video was still available as of Tuesday, it had amassed more than 1.1 million views and nearly 20,000 retweets.

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