Trapt, the Los Gatos rock act that has been very vocal in its support of President Trump on social media, has reportedly been kicked off Facebook for a post related to the Proud Boys movement.
The band, which is best known for the platinum-selling debut single “Headstrong” from 2002, announced on Twitter that Facebook had “completely deleted the Trapt FB account” after the band posted partially in reference to the far-right political organization but also in support of the increasingly popular social media platform Parler.
The original post on Facebook (which was also made on Twitter) contained the acronym “POYB,” which can stand for — “Proud of Your Boy” — and is linked to the Proud Boys. It also featured an illustration that Newsweek describes as a “Proud Boy holding the Statue of Liberty.”
Trapt lead singer Chris Taylor Brown, who runs the band’s social media accounts, is now threatening to sue to Facebook over the situation.
“For posting this pic and saying the same thing in the post, Facebook has completely deleted the TRAPT FB account. They said don’t use the phrase “Proud Boys.” I specifically told FB trapt fans that I could not say the name. I will be suing Facebook. Was also a post about Parler,” he tweeted.
For posting this pic and saying the same thing in the post, Facebook has completely deleted the TRAPT FB account. They said don’t use the phrase “Proud Boys.” I specifically told FB trapt fans that I could not say the name. I will be suing Facebook. Was also a post about Parler https://t.co/JAyEhIPuKf
— TRAPT (@TRAPTOFFICIAL) November 19, 2020
However, this action would appear to be consistent with Facebook’s community standards, which does not allow rhetoric from organizations who — like the Proud Boys — have been identified as hate groups. “We’ve banned the Proud Boys since 2018 and prohibit their members from maintaining accounts on our platform,” a Facebook spokesperson told Newsweek.
The controversial illustration posted by Trapt shows the Statue of Liberty in really bad shape, looking like she’s down for the count, but still being carried by the person who some are describing as a Proud Boy. There is also some text in the illustration, telling the Statue of Liberty: “Don’t worry girl. We got you.”
“We do! POYB!” Trapt reassures in a Twitter post featuring the illustration. “Come join the fun on the Parler app! Follow me @CTBTraptParler We will never be censored over there! Trapt FB, IG and Twitter become music only once this election is certified! It’s totally okay if those social media sites are only about escape, distraction, and lies.”
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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment