A popular group on Facebook created for American truckers planning to lead a protest against the vaccine requirements was removed by Facebook on Wednesday, leading to some accusations of “censorship.”
The group which was called “Convoy to DC 2022” had added about 137,000 members before it had been taken down. It was set up to help organize a protest similar to that of the “Freedom Convoy” that drove from Vancouver to Ottawa this past week in a protest of Canada’s vaccine mandates.
Jeremy Johnson, who is the administrator of the group and one of the American protest organizers, said that the actions of Facebook was “censorship at its finest.”
“They like to silence the people that speak the truth,” said Johnson about his group’s ban.
A spokesperson for Meta released a statement: “We have banned this group for continuously violating our policies regarding QAnon.”
Those policies were added in Oct. 2020, when Facebook had banned all content that was related to the QAnon conspiracy theory, which they called a “social movement that was militarized .”
Brian Base, who is another organizer of the group, disputed the way in which Facebook has characterized the group during an interview on “Fox & Friends.”
“I have to laugh about that one. Can they just contact me or something? Could we talk? That is not true,” he stated. “They actually had made an offer to the administrators to delete content and then review the content again. They did not even give us that option.”
“They literally removed Jeremy and Mike Landis completely off of Facebook,” he says. “They do not even have a Facebook profile anymore, so how is it possible to request a review or delete anything?”
Landis, a trucker and convoy organizer, said that a large protest against United States vaccine requirements is “a long time coming.”
“The presence of that number of people that show that they are truly unhappy with what is going on is a great way to get the politicians attention in Washington,” he says.
The organizers of the protest told Fox News that they hope a large number of Americans will come out and support them, just as the Canadians cheered for their own countrymen that traveled to Ottawa.
“This crosses all races, all genders, all occupations, all sexual orientations,” said Brase. “Truckers may be standing up, but it is not about the truckers. It is about America.”
They hope that these peaceful protests will help end COVID-19 vaccine requirements once and for all.
“The government really needs to take a look at what the people really want,” Johnson stated. “And they do not want mandates.”