Facebook has shut down a social media page for mothers who are opposed to drag queen story hours in neighborhood libraries.
On June 1, the Silicon Valley-based tech company removed the group 500 Mom Strong, claiming it was “transphobic” and in violation of Facebook’s “community standards,” according to The Christian Post.
Anna Hall Bohach, founder of the shuttered Facebook group, told the Post her group has been targeted before, explaining the page was taken down three other times. At one point, she said, it was temporarily suspended over “hate speech” because she “shared a post that said, ‘Reminder: Women don’t have to be polite to someone who is making them uncomfortable.’”
This time, Facebook said Bohach’s group violated the site’s “community standards” and made clear it has policies in place “to protect against recidivist behavior and do not allow people to set up new Pages that represent Pages that have already been removed from our platform.”
Facebook, however, didn’t address the multiple parody accounts set up to make fun of the 500 Mom Strong group.
“When I asked them about the half dozen other fake 500 Mom Strong pages that were put up by drag queens used to parody 500 Mom Strong,” she said, “I received no answer and the pages are still active. There is also a fake profile, created by drag queens, using my name and information that has been reported multiple times by my friends and me that Facebook refuses to remove. I asked the Facebook representative about it and I still have yet to receive an answer.”
Those parody accounts often post derogatory and mean-spirited attacks against Bohach and other mothers in her since-deleted Facebook group.
“They regularly publish anti-Christian and anti-woman rhetoric that Facebook refuses to take down,” she explained. “They use language such as ‘c**t’ to describe me and other women and call us terrorists for objecting to transgender ideology. They report us to the police [for allegedly] making anti-trans posts. It is beyond ridiculous that our page would be removed when theirs is allowed to stay up.”
Bohach told the Post the second time her 500 Mom Strong page was removed was after she and another mother posted about a trans-identified male kicked out of a bathroom in Idaho.
After posting about the incident, her group was removed. But she was eventually notified by Facebook that her page, though unpublished, had not actually violated the “community standards.”
She said she plans to keep moving with her activism.
“We have no plans to slow down or stop,” Bohach said.