Facebook apologized Saturday evening to the administrators of an event page for a protest in San Diego against the migrant caravan, and restored the page — hours after the protest was scheduled to have begun.
San Diegans for Secure Borders (SDSB) founder Jeff Schwilk told Breitbart News Tonight on the Sirius XM Patriot Channel 125 on Friday evening that Facebook had removed the Saturday morning event, “STOP the Caravan of 1500 Illegal Aliens from Mexico,” and had put him in “Facebook jail” for 30 days, locking him out of his account.
“Our event page had been up for about four weeks and had about 950 people signed up to either attend or ‘interested’ in attending,” Schwilk told Senior Editor at Large Rebecca Mansour.
“There was nothing on it that ‘attacked’ illegal aliens, just the facts about their ongoing scam to claim fake asylum to waltz right into the U.S. Now it is gone,” he said. ” Zapped for hosting a 100% peaceful and lawful event to oppose the unlawful invasion of our country by up to 1,600 illegal aliens from Central America and Mexico.”
On Saturday evening, Facebook emailed Schwilk to tell him that the event page had been restored, citing “error.”
“A member of our team accidentally removed something you posted on Facebook,” the email from Facebook read. “This was a mistake, and we sincerely apologize for this error. We’ve since restored the content, and you should now be able to see it.”
In an email to Breitbart News, Schwilk credited Breitbart News Tonight with encouraging Facebook to restore the event page. (Facebook apologized and restored the event page after Breitbart News reporter had reached out to Facebook for comment.)
The group is no longer organizing a protest, but some members may attend a counter-demonstration against a pro-caravan group, Pueblo Sin Fronteras (People Without Borders), on Sunday. The demonstration is being held to “welcome” members of the caravan who are expected to request asylum at the border Sunday.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He was named to Forward’s 50 “most influential” Jews in 2017. He is the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.