Tech titan Facebook responded to conservative actor Kevin Sorbo’s allegations that the social platform took down his page without explanation or warning.
The former Hercules actor took to Twitter to announce that Facebook had deleted his official account, which had more than 500,000 followers. On Monday, he and his wife, Sam, went on Fox New @ Night and accused the social network of removing his official account without notice, reasoning that he was another victim of extreme cancel culture.
“I’ve been told absolutely nothing, I mean they’ve been shadow banning me for the last year telling me that they’re purposely only letting a select few people see the posts that I make,” he commented. “And the posts that I make, I do a lot of humor and obviously Facebook doesn’t like humor because they don’t have anything to laugh about.”
Two days later, Sorbo tweeted that he had created a new account that had steered clear of political subjects, but the page was deleted. “FACEBOOK DID IT AGAIN!” he wrote. “Censorship at its finest, spread the word!”
FACEBOOK DID IT AGAIN!
I created my new page about a week ago, and with roughly 5 total posts, it has been deleted.
No politics, just a few funny posts my kids sent me. Censorship at its finest, spread the word! pic.twitter.com/z2G6XHRP4R
— Kevin Sorbo (@ksorbs) February 17, 2021
The usually silent tech giant released a defensive statement in response to the publicity. “We removed Kevin Sorbo’s Page for repeatedly sharing debunked claims about the coronavirus or vaccines,” said a spokesperson.
They also claimed Sorbo wasn’t being truthful about the amount of warnings he had received, citing two notifications they had previously sent that had allotted him 48 hours to remove the offending posts. Once the period had passed without the misinformation post being taken down, they removed his page.
Sorbo says that his posts were not incendiary, but Facebook lacks a “tolerance level” due to the company’s own power.
“That’s total cancellation. I mean look, I don’t post things that want to cause riots or cause fighting and anger and hate. I post things like, ‘let’s have a discussion about this guys.’” He commented. “Because we’re getting so many different things whether it’s wearing masks or not wearing masks, whether there’s voter fraud or not voter fraud. I say, why can’t we discuss those issues?”
“But for whatever reason… their tolerance level is a one-way street with them.” Sorbo concluded. “It’s difficult to fight that battle when they have all the power and they know they have all the power.”