In recent months, Facebook has cracked down on pages and accounts that promote militia activity. This move follows violence that broke out in Kenosha, Wisconsin, between right-wing militias and antifa protesters, and the potential role that militia Facebook pages may have played in stoking the tension. However, as is often the case with Facebook, its crackdown has also caused some innocent casualties. For example, Minnesota man Joe Gudmundson was blocked by Facebook because of a softball page he ran called “Monsta Militia.”
According to Gudmundson, he has opened another Facebook account to work on getting his old one back, though so far the company has ignored him. He says that while he understands why Facebook is cracking down on militias, he just wants the page back for photos of his family.
“I don’t care about the softball page. I could care less. But the memories of my kids,” Gudmundson said. “I have a special needs kid that has cerebral palsy. I had pictures and stories of the growth he has made over the years. All of the joys and hard times we have gone through. All of that was on my personal Facebook, and all of that is gone.”
Even when Facebook tries to do the right thing, it often still ends up hurting someone — and the fact that it is so unresponsive doesn’t help, either.
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