“Patriot Prayer,” a conservative group, has been removed from Facebook alongside its leader, Joey Gibson. The blacklisting came on Friday morning, just over a week after the murder of a group member in Portland by an Antifa rioter.
According to The Oregonian, Facebook said that the removal of the group is part of its “ongoing efforts to remove Violent Social Militias from our platform.”
Facebook also suspended the personal pages of several group members, the outlet reports.
On August 29, Patriot Prayer member Aaron “Jay” Danielson was fatally shot by Michael Forest Reinoehl, a self-identified member of Portland Antifa, who himself was shot and killed by police attempting to arrest him last week.
“Initial reports indicate the suspect produced a firearm, threatening the lives of law enforcement officers,” the U.S. Marshals said in a statement according to the New York Times. “Task force members responded to the threat and struck the suspect who was pronounced dead at the scene.”
Before his arrest for murdering Danielson, Reinoehl gave an interview with Vice News in which he appeared to confess to the murder, claiming that he “had no choice.”
“I hate to say it, but I see a civil war right around the corner,” Reinoehl said.
As for Patriot Prayer, Gibson told The Oregonian that Facebook has yet to explain why the accounts were suspended.
“Obviously, Mr. Gibson is very upset right now and feels as though there is an effort to silence him,” said Angus Lee, Gibson’s attorney, who called Facebook’s move a “very serious demonstration of the unchecked power of electronic oligarchs to control information.”
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