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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. criticizes Facebook and Instagram for alleged censorship

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.  accuses Facebook and Instagram of censoring him after his latest campaign video was blocked from the platforms.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. accuses Facebook and Instagram of censoring him after his latest campaign video was blocked from the platforms. © IMAGO / ZUMA thread

On Friday, Kennedy’s campaign shared their new “Who is Bobby Kennedy?” ad – a 30-minute mini-documentary narrated by actor Woody Harelson, which aims to dispel unfair criticism of the candidate and his policies from the media.

According to The New York Times, sharing of the ad was blocked on both Facebook and Instagram from Friday afternoon until around noon Saturday.

A spokesperson for Meta, the parent company that runs both platforms, said the ad was “accidentally blocked” after it was wrongly marked as spam, but noted that the mishap was “corrected within a few hours.”

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Kennedy’s campaign quickly came to notice after users who tried to share the clip on the platforms began complaining about receiving several error messages, including “Looks like spam,” “Violates community standards,” “May be malicious” and “File could not be uploaded’.

In an email sent to supporters on Saturday, the campaign urged others to document their experiences, stating: “The excuses are varied, but the pattern is clear: presidential election interference.”

Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.  (r.) and his vice presidential candidate Nicole Shanahan on stage during a campaign event in Oakland, California on March 26, 2024.

Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (r.) and his vice presidential candidate Nicole Shanahan on stage during a campaign event in Oakland, California on March 26, 2024. © JUSTIN SULLIVAN / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

Kennedy has made the importance of freedom of speech and his alleged experiences with government censorship key points of his campaign.

RFK Jr. is currently fighting a lawsuit he filed against President Joe Biden, alleging that the president’s administration requested that social media platforms censor his profiles in 2021 in response to him sharing what they deemed misinformation about the Covid -19 pandemic.

The issue is so important to Kennedy that he recently said in an interview that Biden is “much worse” for democracy than their Republican challenger Donald Trump because he is “the first president in history who has used federal agencies to censor issues. speech.”

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Tony Lyons, founder of the American Values ​​2024 PAC that funded Kennedy’s ad, told the Times that the group plans to sue Meta over the accident, accusing them of violating the campaign’s First Amendment rights.

“When social media companies censor a presidential candidate, the public has no way of knowing what that candidate really believes and what policies they would pursue if elected,” Lyons argued.

“We are left with the propaganda and lies of the most powerful and corrupt groups and individuals,” he added.