Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin received a 30-day provisional Facebook ban, after calling Black Lives Matter protesters “thugs” over the weekend. The former FOX News commentator demanded that the media stop referring to the radical activists as “protesters and people,” and start calling them “thugs and rioters.”
Earlier in the week on CNN, Palin called Black Lives Matter a “farce.”
The former vice presidential nominee’s 30-day ban effectively cuts off her major outlet of expression, “a clear violation of my First Amendment rights of freedom of speech,” Palin said through her daughter Bristol’s blog.
Palin, 58, voiced her media demands about BLM during an interview on Brietbart News Sunday.
Palin accused the media of “perpetuating a message that really evil people are thriving on right now,” and said that Black Lives Matter “bitch-slaps Martin Luther King in the face.” She also said the movement was against the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
“Although my voice may be temporarily squelched across our great nation especially during these times when our liberties are being tested and officially declassified by the lamestream media and its counterparties, I intend to use my rights to appeal the ban that has evidentially hit too close to home for those overly sensitive and politically correct cowards who have taken it upon themselves to infringe against me, which is only one of the unique violations that Donald Trump has vowed to deter after taking our country back again in order to make America great again.”
The provisional ban may be lifted before the 30-day period ends, provided Palin sign a new Facebook waiver promising to refrain from “divisive and/or inflammatory speech” for the next 30 days.
If the ban is lifted, Palin’s future comments may be monitored. A prompt warning Palin that her comments “contain banned content” will appear before the post is made public at the discretion of Facebook’s standards and practices monitors.