An outsider California Democrat looking to run to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom, should the recall effort against him succeed, says he had a post taken down by Instagram after he suggested the incumbent might be a “weanie baby.”
The elementary school rank-out generated tens of thousands of likes and hundreds of shares, said Kevin Paffrath, a California real estate agent and social media personality known as Meet Kevin. In the post, he declared his intent to run for governor, and it was his most successful Instagram message to date, he told Fox News Wednesday.
But then it went down, he said, and he received a notification claiming it violated Instagram’s harassment guidelines.
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Those guidelines state that content cannot target “private individuals to degrade or shame them,” cannot include identifying personal information and cannot contain “intimate images” or threats to post such content.
“This is like 3-year-old language here, I mean, ‘weanie baby,’” Paffrath said in a YouTube video following the deletion. “Harassment and bullying?”
Hours after Fox News inquired about the missing post, a spokesperson for Facebook, which owns Instagram, said it had been removed erroneously and that it was restored once the error became apparent. It was visible on Paffrath’s feed as of Wednesday evening.
And an identical post on his Facebook page had not been taken down to begin with.
Initially, Paffrath said he suspected the social media giant’s donations of tens of millions of dollars to Newsom causes played a role in the removal of his post. But the California-based Facebook noted those funds went to coronavirus relief for health care workers and small businesses and
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