Facebook now says it was an "error" that temporarily locked former Texas congressman Ron Paul out his account, claiming he was "violating community standards."
“They never told me what it was,” the Lake Jackson Republican told Fox News' “Your World with Neil Cavuto.” “If they're looking for errors, as a non-interventionist in all forms of government, I know a lot of people I think are involved in stuff they shouldn't be doing. This whole thing is a little bit bizarre.”
Paul says he was blocked access to his Facebook account after posting his weekly column in which he criticized Twitter for banning President Donald Trump.
“Even before that happened, we have been intimidated. We were cautious. We don't act as if we have freedom of speech and First Amendment protection because we knew that,” Paul added. “Right now, for a very pragmatic reason we get our message of liberty out this way. For some reason they saw that as a threat.”
When Facebook shut down one of Pam Geller's pages, the free speech activist sued to repeal Section 230 protections. That was five years ago. Now she's among scores of conservatives seeing their Twitter followers disappear.
“I was just under a quarter of a million followers. Now today I think it's 189 (thousand.) I believe it will continue until there is nothing, there is zero left,” says the editor-in-chief of the The Geller Report.
Telegram Messenger says it gained 25 million new users since Amazon, Apple and Google all banned Parler from their platforms, while Twitter began purging conservative accounts.
Twitter claims they were accounts "engaged in sharing harmful QAnon-associated content." Geller says the hypocrisy is laughable, if not sad.
“They burned down our cities. They burned Rodeo Drive. They burned Fifth Avenue. They burned the Miracle Mile,” she says. “We watched this and were told we had to be quiet. And we were told this is patriotism. Dissent is patriotic. And now people are being thrown off planes for having a private conversation about Trump.”
Geller says the U.S. now feels more like Russia, China or Nazi Germany.
“They said 'you don't like Twitter, build your own platform.' And they did. And they took them down,” she says. “It's the definition of state-controlled media. It's the definition of fascism, this partnership between corporations and the government. These are our inalienable rights, shredded.”