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Ron Paul says he’s blocked from managing his Facebook page

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Former Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) on Monday announced that Facebook has prevented him from managing his page, part of the latest wave of suspensions affecting many conservatives on social media sites, most notably President Donald Trump.

“With no explanation other than ‘repeatedly going against our community standards,’ @Facebook has blocked me from managing my page,” Paul tweeted Monday afternoon. “Never have we received notice of violating community standards in the past and nowhere is the offending post identified.”

“The only thing we posted to Facebook today was my weekly ‘Texas Straight Talk’ column,” the influential libertarian added, “which I have published every week since 1976.”

Attached to Paul’s Twitter thread is a screenshot of his Facebook page, which shows a “You Have Limited Page Functionality” notification saying: “Due to repeatedly going against our Community Standards, you’re temporarily blocked from creating new Pages and managing your existing Pages. Review our Community Standards to see what’s a violation on Facebook.”

Paul’s son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), came to his father’s defense shortly after the announcement, tweeting: “Facebook now considers advocating for liberty to be sedition. Where will it end?”

This announcement from Congressman Paul comes after Facebook and Twitter suspended the accounts of President Trump following last Wednesday’s deadly Capitol riot.

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While supporters of Trump’s removal argue that Twitter and Facebook are private companies and that the First Amendment thus doesn’t apply to them, others, especially conservatives, have argued that his removal amounts to censorship and anti-conservative bias.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Biden frees Venezuelan President Maduro’s drug dealing relatives in prisoner swap

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President Biden freed two of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s relatives Saturday in exchange for seven jailed Americans. The two nephews of Maduro’s wife Cilia Flores, had been convicted in the United States for drug dealing and sentenced to 18 years in prison, according to the BBC.

According to the report, the swap was in exchange for five American oil executives. Those Americans were “exchanged for two of Mr Maduro’s wife’s nephews, who were serving 18-year sentences in the US on drug charges,” the officials told the BBC. Maduro’s nephews were convicted under the Trump administration and the Venezuelan government claims that they were “unjustly” jailed in the United States.

In a statement from the White House Saturday, Biden said the American’s were  “wrongfully detained.”  He said the American’s  would soon be reunited with their relatives, according to reports.

“Today, we celebrate that seven families will be whole once more. To all the families who are still suffering and separated from their loved ones who are wrongfully detained – know that we remain dedicated to securing their release,” the Biden statement added.

Meanwhile, 13 Republican members of Congress sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, requesting more information on “the intelligence report” that alleges Maduro is emptying his prisons and allowing them to head to the United States in the caravans that crossing the porous border.

The letter states that the report warns Border Patrol agents to be on the look-out for “violent criminals from Venezuela among the migrant caravans heading towards the U.S.-Mexico border.”

“It has been widely reported that the Venezuelan regime, under the control of Nicolás Maduro Moros, is deliberately releasing violent prisoners early, including inmates convicted of ‘murder, rape, and extortion,’ and pushing them to join caravans heading to the United States,” the letter states.

You can follow Sara A. Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC.

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