Facebook account linked to anti-vaccine protest disabled

Raechel Allan-Nicholls says she’s like many small business owners who rely on Facebook to promote their sales activities.

A Kelowna businesswoman says she was left dry after Facebook shut down her personal account which she linked to her business account.

Raechel Allan-Nicholls runs a vehicle detailing business called Big Deal Detailing primarily through her Facebook account, which she says she no longer has admin access to.

“I don’t have access to my business account, I’ve written letters, been through every avenue I can think of trying to get my account back up and running.”

Allan-Nicholls says she’s like many small business owners who rely on Facebook to promote their sales activity.

Although she hasn’t heard anything from Facebook, she believes her activity as an administrator of Freedom Convoy 2022 was the reason her account went black, although she has no proof.

“I’ve looked up all my contacts (Freedom Convoy 2022) and they’re all gone too. I’m kind of at a loss for words. And, I haven’t done anything wrong in the sense that, you know, they don’t I have no reason to close my account.”

Castanet contacted Facebook for clarification on their protocols for suspending or terminating accounts, but did not receive a response.

According to Facebook’s Community Standards, people can be banned for:

  • Nudity or other sexually suggestive content.
  • Hate speech, credible threats or direct attacks against an individual or group.
  • Content containing self-harm or excessive violence.
  • False or impostor profiles.
  • Spam.

Because his personal account is no longer active, it’s impossible to tell what Allan-Nicholls posted, commented on, or otherwise did to end up in Facebook’s bad books.

In what is perhaps a cautionary tale of relying on a single faceless tech giant to facilitate both political discourse and entrepreneurial livelihoods, Allan-Nicholls feels helpless.

She says her Instagram account is no longer working. Perhaps her saving grace is that she appointed someone else as the administrator of her work account, “if I hadn’t done that, my account would have completely disappeared. I mean, he’s gone on Instagram , I’m out of Big Deal Detailing and that’s how I do all my business.”

Facebook’s Community Standards page says, “We recognize how important it is for Facebook to be a place where people feel empowered to communicate, and we take our role in preventing abuse of our service seriously.”

Facebook said earlier this week that it had taken down several Freedom Convoy groups operated by foreign scammers trying to drive users off the site to generate click-through revenue. Another convoy page was taken down for promoting the QAnon conspiracy theory.

You can learn more about Facebook’s Community Standards by click here.

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