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Georgia State Congressional Hearing to Investigate Facebook's Permanent Ban of #WalkAway Campaign

Tuesday, 21 May 2024 11:45 AM

GA Representative Mesha Mainor Leads Unprecedented Probe into Facebook's Ban of #WalkAway Campaign

ATLANTA, GA / ACCESSWIRE / May 21, 2024 / GA Representative Mesha Mainor, who gained national attention in the summer of 2023 for her high-profile departure from the Democratic Party, will lead an unprecedented investigation into Facebook's permanent ban of the #WalkAway Campaign.

This is the first time elected officials are formally scrutinizing the social media giant's perplexing and unexplained decision to remove the #WalkAway Campaign from its platform.

The #WalkAway Campaign is a social and political movement of former liberals leaving the Democratic Party. Launched in May 2018, the campaign's Facebook group hosted tens of thousands of video and written testimonials from its 511,000 members sharing their stories of departing from the left.

Representative Mainor, a strong advocate for truth, free speech, and holding big tech accountable, is spearheading this initiative to address the concerns of American citizens who believe their voices are being unfairly silenced. She will be joined by other members of Georgia's General Assembly, #WalkAway founder Brandon Straka, and journalist Matt Taibbi, known for his focus on censorship and government overreach.

On January 8, 2021, Facebook permanently banned the #WalkAway Campaign account, along with all related accounts, without providing any explanation or recourse. This action resulted in:

The banning of the #WalkAway Campaign Group, silencing 511,000 members and erasing tens of thousands of testimonial videos and stories.

The removal of the #WalkAway Foundation Business Page, with 150,000 subscribers, hindering its fundraising, event planning, and member communication.

The banning of personal and professional pages of all administrators, negatively impacting their unrelated businesses.

Severe impacts on the #WalkAway Foundation's fundraising and operations, as well as the businesses of independent contractors associated with the campaign.

The deletion of years of accumulated pictures, videos, content, and data, making them inaccessible to account holders.

No opportunity for appeal, explanation, or reinstatement provided by Facebook to any affected parties.

The hearing will feature testimonies from key individuals impacted by Facebook's actions, including:

Brandon Straka, #WalkAway Campaign Founder

Matt Taibbi, Journalist focused on government and big tech censorship

Libby Albert, #WalkAway Foundation Executive Director

Nick Miles, Businessman and former #WalkAway Group Admin

Tonia Roberts, Digital Marketer and former #WalkAway Group Admin

Representative Mainor's efforts aim to illuminate the practices of social media platforms and ensure accountability in their content moderation decisions.



#WalkAway Foundation
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SOURCE: WalkAway Foundation

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