After Twitter permanently suspended President Trump, Facebook continued the left’s social media purge of Conservatives by closing down the popular pro-Trump ‘#Walkaway’ page and banned its founder, Brandon Straka.
A self-described “former liberal,” Brandon Straka founded the ‘#WalkAway’ movement in 2018, to encourage moderates disillusioned with the “oppressive” left to vote Republican.
Straka’s organization fundraised for Republicans during the 2018 midterm elections, and organized rallies for President Donald Trump’s re-election bid last year.
???FACEBOOK has removed the #WalkAway Campaign and has BANNED ME and EVERY MEMBER of my team!!!
Over half a million people in #WalkAway with hundreds of thousands of testimonial videos and stories is GONE. Facebook has banned everything related to #WalkAway. pic.twitter.com/WxoKu1HpSb
— Brandon Straka (@BrandonStraka) January 8, 2021
Straka claimed that his own account was also banned, as were those of the entire WalkAway team. At time of writing, the movement’s page remains offline.
WalkAway had around half a million followers, but its sudden deletion was not Facebook’s highest-profile ban in recent days. The company banned President Trump himself from its platform on Thursday, with CEO Mark Zuckerberg writing that the indefinite ban was imposed after Trump allegedly used “our platform to incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government.”
The “violent insurrection” took place a day earlier, when a crowd of pro-Trump protesters pushed their way into the US Capitol in Washington, DC, following a rally where the president spoke outside the White House.
Though Trump appealed to the protesters to protest “peacefully and patriotically,” some forced their way into the building, vandalizing offices and clashing with police inside. One unarmed protester was shot dead by police, a police officer was fatally injured by a protester, and three other people died of “medical emergencies” amid the chaos.
Democrats, and some Republicans, wasted no time condemning the riot as an act of “insurrection” and “domestic terrorism.”