Facebook has reinstated ads for a series of children’s books on President Ronald Reagan, economist Thomas Sowell, and Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett.
The company owned by Meta had previously said the conservative publisher’s account was “permanently disabled” for violating rules against “Low Quality or Disruptive Content” just days before Christmas.
“They’ve communicated that to several members of Congress and also to some prominent members of the media who amplified the story and it sort of tells you how much they care about doing the right thing versus how they got caught behaving ideologically,” Mandel said.
The Heroes of Liberty company was surprised to learn just before Christmas that its ad account was in violation of Facebook’s terms and services.
“They said it was their final decision and we were deemed disruptive content and they shut us down,” said Mandel. “The disruptive content that we’re selling involves really wonderful, wholesome children’s books, beautifully illustrated, wonderful stories about Ronald Reagan, Amy Coney Barrett, and Thomas Sowell.”
Mandel thinks people were reporting the ads because they disagreed that Reagan was a role model kids should know and admire.
“The same with Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Sowell,” said Mandel. “We believe that we were mass reported by Facebook users who saw our ads and there was an individual, probably an intern or whomever at Facebook who saw their complaints and probably agreed with them and so they shut us down not knowing that we had the media connections that we did and we do.”
“I think it exposes a big problem at Facebook,” host Todd Starnes said.. “You have these junior-level staffers who have been raised in a public or private education system to hate America, to hate our First Amendment freedoms, and given the opportunity they shut down any content they might find objectionable.”
Mandel said she created the book series to help “teach a future generation of kids to love America and to love the people who made this country great.”
A book on John Wayne is scheduled for release in February. Future books will focus on Alexander Hamilton, Margaret Thatcher, Winston Churchill, and Mark Twain.
“We really wanted to highlight a lot of interesting, diverse people across the spectrum of accomplishment and that’s what we’ve done,” said Mandel.