The Facebook page of conservative author David Harris Jr. was unpublished on Friday, according to an article in Reclaim the Net. The report says Harris' page was taken down after warnings of community standards violations. Facebook's decision coincides with its announcement on Friday that it would remove posts mentioning the name of the alleged whistleblower in the ongoing scandal involving President Trump's dealings with Ukraine.
Harris immediately took to Twitter to blast the social media giant and allege he was targeted for political reasons. "This is solely because I support President @realDonaldTrump!" said the author.
According to Reclaim the Net, the removal of Harris' page came after he was informed on Wednesday that his page received 14 community standards violations. Harris was also accused of publishing two false articles concerning climate change. However, Harris says he received no explanation of how his posts violated Facebook's rules.
Conservative Latina also targeted
In an unrelated case, another conservative targeted by Facebook on Friday was Erika Garcia, a young GOP leader in Central Florida. In an interview with TheBlaze, Garcia said she posted photos of the alleged whistleblower posing with Democrats Sen. Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on her personal Facebook page, and within an hour the post was gone. She then shared them again in a post on the Florida Republicans United Facebook group that also disappeared.
Garcia, who serves as the Orange County chairwoman of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly, says she appealed the decision and was told by Facebook the post did not comply with its Community Standards, presumably the same ones that Harris was accused of violating.
She provided The Blaze with a screenshot of the message she received from the social media company:
Courtesy of Erika Garcia
The Orlando-area activist says this is not the first time she has been censored by Facebook. "They once removed a video I posted where I was being interviewed about why I love President Trump as a legal Mexican immigrant."
She added, "Facebook has now removed two of my posts without any notice or any sort of communication. I think we have a freedom of speech crisis in America."
The decisions came after Facebook said in a statement yesterday, "Any mention of the potential whistleblower's name violates our coordinating harm policy, which prohibits content 'outing of witness, informant, or activist. We are removing any and all mentions of the potential whistleblower's name and will revisit this decision should their name be widely published in the media or used by public figures in debate."
YouTube then followed Facebook's lead and issued a similar statement to CNN:
A YouTube spokesperson said videos mentioning the potential whistleblower's name would also be removed. The spokesperson said the company would use a combination of machine learning and human review to scrub the content. The removals, the spokesperson added, would affect the titles and descriptions of videos as well as the video's actual content.
Meanwhile, Twitter said it would permit references to the whistleblower who is said to be a career CIA analyst who worked in the National Security Council in the previous administration.