After exposing how Democratic operatives allegedly discussed how to commit voter fraud, Project Veritas’ James O’Keefe said Facebook mysteriously shut down his personal page, the Daily Caller reported Saturday. Shortly after a journalist asked Facebook about the incident, the page was restored, he said.
Patrick Howley said O’Keefe was trending on Thursday after his group “captured Colorado-based Greenpeace official Christen Topping describing a ‘ghetto’ neighborhood in Aurora where ballots could be found in garbage cans for use by those seeking to commit voter fraud.” His page was suddenly deactivated for about an hour. As is often the case, Facebook did not respond when Project Veritas reached out to the social media site.
“I was talking with a prominent national reporter about my account being shut down,” O’Keefe said. “Within ninety seconds of that conversation, the account was mysteriously reactivated.”
“He sent an email to Facebook saying, ‘I’m on a tight deadline doing a story about Facebook playing political favorites … and you disabled James O’Keefe’s page.’ My page went up in 60 seconds,” O’Keefe told Newsmax. “This is where we are as a society. They’re trying to shut people down. Project Veritas is on the cutting edge of culture, politics, journalism, citizen journalism…. We really touched a nerve.”
O’Keefe said that Greenpeace fired the worker he spoke to in the video Friday afternoon. Additionally, he also received death threats over the expose.
This is not the first time Facebook has engaged in this type of behavior. As we have reported numerous times, Facebook has deactivated conservative pages for questionable reasons while allowing highly offensive left-leaning pages to flourish. In July, for example, Facebook approved of a page that advocated the murder of 19-year-old hunter-cheerleader Kendall Jones. A page critical of Islam was deactivated after moderators falsely claimed it contained pornography and users have been hit with bans for simply saying “thank you.” In 2013, Facebook shut down the popular “Truckers to Shut Down America” page after administrators wished visitors “Godspeed.”
Facebook’s actions have caused many to believe the social media site is purposefully targeting conservatives for censorship. The company, however, claims it supports free speech and treats everyone the same.
“Never in my entire career … have they ever disabled my Facebook page, so it’s some type of funky business going on,” O’Keefe told Newsmax Friday. He posted a photo of the message he received from Facebook on Twitter. “You can’t make this stuff up,” he added on Facebook after his page was restored.