Ford Fischer, co-founder of News2Share, was covering armed protests on Saturday in Louisville when his live feed was cut off.
The disruption of a journalist’s coverage has raised fears that Big Tech censors are classifying newsgathering as incitement to violence rather than sharing unbiased information to people.
Mr Fischer was unable to get a reason for the censorship.
“I am a journalist, verified on Facebook,” Fischer wrote on Saturday evening on his Twitter account.
“Today I spent the entire day covering various armed groups throughout Louisville. As I just finished a livestream, I tried to log in and it appears Facebook deleted my account.”
The censorship led to outrage on social media with people asking if America really is ‘the land of the free?’
Fischer’s account was finally restored after the backlash.
“Total victory! Thank you so much to everybody who spent the past 24 hours complaining to Facebook.
“It appears that (without any sort of notification) my account was restored.
“My page was “unpublished” but it looks like that will be a one-click fix.
This is people power,” Fischer Tweeted.
Chuck Modi, a Deadspin reporter who has worked alongside Fischer at news events, tweeted: “If Facebook deleted his account, that is a threat to all journalists and threat to all those trying to hold Nazis and police accountable. Time to hold Facebook accountable.”
Facebook have refused to comment.
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