Facebook on Monday removed an advertisement from Missouri GOP Senate Candidate Eric Greitens in which he called for people to go “RINO hunting,” a phrase short for “Republicans In Name Only,” claiming the video violated its policies barring violence and incitement, while Twitter left the video up with a warning label.
In the video, Greitens, a former Navy SEAL, appears with a gun alongside men in combat gear and says “we’re goin’ RINO hunting,” a pejorative term used by Republicans to accuse other GOP members of lacking loyalty to the conservative party.
The men in combat gear then bust open the door of a home and point their guns as Greitens says, “Join the MAGA crew—Get a Rino hunting permit.”
Shortly after the video was posted, Facebook took it down, while Youtube and Twitter kept the ad up, with Twitter saying it violated its rules about “abusive behavior,” but “determined it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.”
The video sparked outrage among several Democratic politicians, including Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Tex.) who called the video “sociopathic.”
Greitens’ campaign did not respond to a request for comment from Forbes, but in another post, he accused Facebook of censoring his ad “calling out the weak RINOs” and said he would take on “Big Tech” once he “get[s] to the US Senate.”