Facebook abruptly censored the account of President Trump’s chief social media guru, blocking him for simply responding to a question from a reader.
Dan Scavino Jr. said on Facebook that his page was blocked without notice.
“AMAZING. WHY ARE YOU STOPPING ME from replying to comments followers have left me – on my own Facebook Page!!?? People have the right to know. Why are you silencing me??? Please LMK! Thanks,” he wrote today.
In a statement issued soon after the president’s tweet, a Facebook spokesperson explained, “In order to stop automated bots, we cap the amount of identical, repetitive activity coming from one account in a short period of time, such as @mentioning people. These limits can have the unintended consequence of temporarily preventing real people like Dan Scavino from engaging in such activity, but lift in an hour or two, which is what happened in this case.”
The company added: “We’ve been in touch with him and have apologized for the inconvenience.”