A few hours ago, the powers that be at Facebook decided to purge (i.e. disable or delete) the accounts of all Proud Boys presidents and vice-presidents across the world, including in Australia. This follows Proud Boys accounts being deleted on Twitter back in August.
While regular members of the Proud Boys are not believed to have been targeted in this “malicious” crackdown, the fact that an organisation that publicly denounces neo-Nazis – and bars suspected White Nationalists from entry into their ranks – has been obstructed on social media by a deliberately sinister whisper campaign by the Left to link it to an actual neo-Nazi organisation, is concerning to anyone who values freedom of speech. A statement from one Proud Boys’ Vice-President given to The Unshackled reads as follows: “This is a concerted effort by Facebook to purge Proud Boys from the top down. This is not through algorithms, this is through a very human association. They purged Alex Jones, they purged Milo Yiannopoulos, and now they have purged the Proud Boys [from social media]”
This purge of accounts seems to have followed quickly on the heels of the Herald Sun article by Susie O’Brien, incorrectly insinuating Proud Boys’ founder Gavin McInnes to neo-Nazi extremist groups such as Antipodean Resistance through the depiction of a photo of McInnes alongside photos of Antipodean Resistance members brandishing Nazi-esque flags.
[EDITOR’S NOTE: NOT THE BEST JOURNALISM, AND COULD INVITE A LAWSUIT]
Accusations of the Proud Boys harbouring any sympathies towards White Nationalism, or any other kind of hate, seem to be grossly misplaced (if not an outright fabrication), given that the creed of the Proud Boys actively denounces racism and White Nationalism. When asked about the message he received blocking him from accessing his account, a PB vice-president (who is mixed-race) was amused by the insinuation that he or any PB was a White Nationalist in any way associated with a criminal organisation.
UPDATE: Confirmation has just been received from another PB President that all members of the Proud Boys in the United States of America have had their accounts disabled. “Literally thousands”, in the words of another PB President