But President Trump, who also on Tuesday tweeted that “Facebook, Google and Twitter, not to mention the Corrupt Media, are soo on the side of the Radical Left Democrats,” perceived the action as possibly politically motivated.
“Facebook abruptly censored the account of President Trump’s chief social media guru, blocking him for simply responding to a question from a reader. #StopTheBias,” he posted on Facebook.
The president reiterated his concerns on Twitter, tweeting, “I’ll be looking into this!” And during a press conference on Tuesday with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said that on social networks “there’s discrimination and big discrimination. I see it absolutely on Twitter and Facebook.”
Facebook said the action was only temporary and not politically motivated, but instead happened because some of Scavino’s comments were repetitive.
A commenter on Scavino’s page noted that the official often posted a “Thank you” to comments on his page, a repetitive response that could set off Facebook’s artificial intelligence measures to prevent spam.
“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,” Facebook said in a statement. “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. We’ve been in touch with him and have apologized for the inconvenience.”