Tom Norton, a conservative candidate for Congress, called for an FEC investigation after his Instagram account was disabled.
An automated message from Instagram reading “your account has been disabled for violating our terms,” appeared on Tom Norton’s campaign account, a cryptic note to inform him of the action taken by the social network.
Norton is a conservative looking to primary Independent Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District, who resigned from the Republican party after an angered outburst over President Trump.
According to Norton, speaking to The Rundown, Silicon Valley tech firms “in pursuit of their totalitarian censorship regime” are “coordinating elections on behalf of globalist candidates in federal election to save their favorite open-border, cheap labor, Trump hating Congresscritter, Justin Amash.”
“This is a serious offense that goes to the core of how our elections are decided,” he continued. “Do we allow a few socialist-leaning billionaires in California to buy every election across America with their digital tools? Or do we hold them to account for their constant effort to purchase these election?
The FEC needs to investigate at once. Whoever at Facebook and Instagram is allowing this censorship to move forward needs to be prosecuted with felony coordination.”
Instagram has been criticized in recent months for suspending accounts for a variety of reasons – however, it’s more unusual for the company to ban a congressional candidate, raising questions about election fairness.