Conservative publisher demands explanation after Facebook overturned ad ban: ‘They never told us anything’

Bethany Mandel, editor and board member of “Heroes of Liberty,” said the conservative book publisher was “left hanging” when Facebook decided to ban its ad account. The social media platform has since reversed its decision, reinstating the advertising account, but Mandel said she had not received any information as to why the account was deactivated.

The company, which sells children’s books that celebrate conservative figures such as Ronald Reagan, Amy Coney Barrett and John Wayne, had its advertising account deactivated on December 23.

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Facebook claimed the account violated rules against “low quality or disruptive content”. Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade said a spokesperson for Meta (formerly Facebook) told “Fox & Friends” on Monday that the account was mistakenly disabled and restored.

Mandel, however, said Facebook did not provide an explanation.

“They never told us anything,” she said, noting that Facebook’s only response was to inform her again that the account violated the guidelines and that the decision was final.

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“So fast forward to late last night,” she said. “They told several members of Congress that we had been reinstated, but they never contacted us directly.”

“So we see that our advertising account is activated again. But we don’t know if we are in a trial period or if it was in fact an error.”

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Mandel said “Heroes of Liberty” isn’t the first conservative publisher to be suddenly deactivated on Facebook. She said a publisher called ‘White Raiders’ contacted her and claimed her account, which sold a Bible study app, was also banned a few days before Christmas two years ago.

“That’s the story for a lot of people who are conservative on the platform — that they’re shut down,” she said.

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She speculated that liberal Facebook users are likely “triggered” by conservative advertising.

“There are people woke up behind the Facebook screen. They get these complaints, and they see, ‘Oh, these are books about Ronald Reagan and Thomas Sowell and Amy Coney Barrett. Let’s turn that off because it’s offensive. ‘”