Out Lawmaker Was Blocked On Facebook After Calling Out Bigot Who Called Him A ‘F–got’

Pennsylvania’s first openly gay state legislature was blocked from his Facebook page for calling out a homophobic bigot who attacked him with an anti-gay slur.

On January 9, Sims shared the offensive comment he received on his page, asking, “Anyone know my new friend Jill?”

The lawmaker took to his Instagram account to inform his constituents that he had been banned from his Facebook for 24 hours for sharing it.

“THIS IS REAL? So that post, where I got called a faggot last week on @facebook…publicly on my Page? Well @facebook has banned ME for 24 hours as a result of it! Anyone at @facebook or @facebooklife care to explain this one?!?! You didn’t censor the person calling me a faggot but you pulled my entire page down as a result of sharing it?!?!” Sims wrote on Instagram.

Sims, after regaining access to his Facebook page, shared a status that called on Facebook “to have a serious conversation about algorithms, discrimination, and regulation” with him.

“No explanation from Facebook Diversity, Government and Politics on Facebook or Facebook HQ. Not even their usual ’don’t ask us about what causes our mistakes and just trust us to fix it eventually,’” he added in the comments on that post.

When a commenter said he needed to “find a connection who works for FB and reach out to them directly,” the lawmaker said that was how he got the ban dropped.

“It’s the only way I was freed this time. I have dozens of connections to Facebook and had to use all of them to fix this. What happens to the person who doesn’t know anyone there?” he wrote.

“We allow people to share messages they receive even hateful ones. Removing this post was a mistake in misunderstanding that it was discussing a message Representative Sims had himself experienced. The post does not violate our Community Standards and has been restored and Representative Sims is no longer in a feature block,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement to NewNowNext.