Facebook briefly deleted Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s campaign page Tuesday morning, saying it had been mistakenly flagged as an impostor account, though the governor suggested the move was prompted by his criticism of the President Joe Biden’s vaccination mandate.
Ivey, a Republican, cited her strong opposition to the Democratic president’s vaccination campaign. But Facebook said it wasn’t.
“Facebook banned my campaign page this morning. We fought back and won. Obviously they are upset that I said I opposed President Biden to protect the Alabamians from this outrageous federal government excess,” Ivey said in a social media statement. The dispute was over Ivey’s campaign page, not his governorship account. Ivey is running for reelection in 2022.
Ivey added that “If big tech thinks they can shut us up and I won’t fight back, then honey, they haven’t met me. They’ve got something else coming. I’m not backing down. I won’t. Never will. We ‘fight Washington. We will also fight big tech,’ said Ivey.
However, Facebook said the content on Ivey’s page played no role.
“Earlier today, the governor’s campaign page was mistakenly restricted for less than an hour for reasons unrelated to the content posted. When we learned of our mistake, the page was quickly restored, ”a spokesperson for the Facebook company wrote in an email.
The tech giant said the campaign page was mistakenly flagged as an impostor account.
The governor’s campaign responded with a statement calling it an “absurd excuse.”
Ivey strongly encouraged people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, even going so far as to say. “It’s time to start blaming the unvaccinated” for a spike in COVID-19 cases. But Ivey is also among the country’s Republican leaders who have vowed to resist Biden’s tenure. Biden demands that all employers with more than 100 workers require their employees to be vaccinated or tested for the virus every week, affecting an estimated 80 million Americans. An additional 17 million workers in healthcare facilities that receive federal Medicare or Medicaid will also need to be immunized, as will all executive employees and contractors who do business with the federal government.
Ivey’s campaign said the action came after a post that shared a conservative streaming network’s post titled “Joe Biden Threatens Governors” and included a clip of Biden’s announcement.
The segment of the speech appeared to refer to governors who fought efforts by local school districts to demand masks in schools, which Alabama failed to do. Alabama leaves the decision to local school districts.
“If they don’t help us, if these governors don’t help us beat the pandemic, I will use my power as president to sideline them. The Department of Education has already started prosecuting states that undermine the protection ordered by local school officials, ”Biden said.
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