A Republican Senate candidate in Missouri says Facebook banned him from using the social network for 30 days because he used the site to promote his campaign’s AR-15 giveaway.
The candidate, Austin Petersen, published an open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on his campaign website on Thursday and argued his situation was part of a larger trend of unfairness towards conservatives.
“It’s difficult to ignore that this action comes during a period of heightened tension regarding Facebook’s role in our elections, and its perceived bias against conservative voices,” Petersen wrote.
In his letter, Petersen said he has made Facebook a centerpiece of his campaign’s outreach efforts.
“That’s why, on September 22, I was so shocked to receive a notification from Facebook informing me that I had been ‘blocked’ from using Facebook for thirty days because I ‘recently posted something that violates Facebook’s policies,’” he wrote.
Petersen said a Facebook Live video he posted to his campaign’s page promoting the AR-15 giveaway for supporters was removed. He also said a status update posted to his profile referencing the giveaway was also removed.
“I’m confident that such giveaways are consistent with Facebook’s policies...so it’s unclear to me why such content would warrant an immediate takedown and thirty-day ban,” he said.
A spokesman for Facebook did not immediately return a request for comment from Fox News.
But Facebook’s “community standards” website says the trade of firearms is prohibited on the site.