Gun Store Owners Speak Out After Getting The Boot From Social Media
Just weeks after Facebook Tsar Mark Zuckerberg was forced to call a summit meeting with conservative commentators at his headquarters in Palo Alto, California after allegations that the social media giant manipulates the trending news on the site to favor a liberal bias and suppress conservative news, two Florida gun shop owners are accusing Facebook of more liberal machinations.
The accusations come in the wake of the terror attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, as the liberal media, led by President Obama, attempt to paint the ISIS-inspired slaughter as “gun violence” to absolve radical Islamic terrorism.
The gun shop owners say their Facebook accounts were taken down after the shooting and then reinstated
Facebook has a long-standing policy of banning gun sales ads to prevent private sales, rather than legal, licensed gun shops, but that didn’t stop the site from suspending Andy Hallinan, owner of Florida Gun Supply, for “unauthorized sale of guns or explosives.”
The gun shop owner made news last November when a federal judge threw out a suit filed by the Muslim advocacy organization Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) after he posted a sign on the shop’s door proclaiming: “Muslim Free Zone.”
The last post on Hallinan’s page was about a candlelight vigil that was being held for the victims of the Orlando shooting.
After his page was reinstated, a Facebook representative told CBS that a mistake caused by the company’s algorithms cased the suspension to be issued in error.
The algorithms were also at the heart of the controversy over trending news manipulation last month.
Steve Champion, of American Guns & Pawn was also suspended for a short time for violating the policy.
Facebook reinstated both gun shops without apology.
Both Hallinan and Champion believe that the reinstatement came only after they took to social media, including setting up a website and posting a video on youtube about the suspension.
Champion said the suspensions were a “direct response to what happened in the shooting the other day. Someone’s trying to sabotage the gun shops… But we’re not doing anything wrong.”