Facebook freezes out liberal Columbia Second Amendment group

Facebook freezes out liberal Columbia Second Amendment group

When Bob Rasmussen was trying to find a used barbecue grill last month, he turned to Facebook Marketplace. He was discouraged when he tried to log on to Facebook and failed repeatedly. It took him several minutes to determine what had happened. Rasmussen is a member of the Mid-Missouri John Brown Gun Club . Facebook had taken down the club’s page and the personal accounts of all of its administrators and moderators. “Community defense though community action” is how the Mid-Missouri John Brown Gun Club describes itself. It is a mutual aid, abolitionist, pro-worker, anti-racist and anti-fascist group. Members have guns for community defense. It takes its name from 19th-century abolitionist John Brown , who launched a failed attempt to free slaves when he and his men raided the national armory in Harpers Ferry, Virginia. While in Kansas, Brown and his men slaughtered pro-slavery settlers with swords. The club doesn’t advocate violence and has never done so on its Facebook page, Rasmussen said. The group began in response to the election of Donald Trump in 2016 and the rise of armed groups on the right. The Mid-Missouri John Brown Gun Club was caught up in a Facebook purge of groups on the right and left of the political spectrum. “Today we are expanding our Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy to address organizations and movements that have demonstrated significant risks to public safety but do not meet the rigorous criteria to be designated as a dangerous organization and banned from […]

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