An attorney for Patriot Payer founder Joey Gibson said Friday that social media accounts for Gibson’s right-wing group have been deleted.
Patriot Prayer’s Facebook and Instagram accounts have been taken down, according to Angus Lee. If searched on either of the platforms, the pages are no longer viewable. Gibson’s personal Facebook page appears to have been removed as well. Gibson, who lives in Clark County, is the founder of Patriot Prayer.
A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to Oregon Public Broadcasting that the social network removed Gibson’s profile. The company said the removal fell in line with its “Dangerous Individuals and Organizations” policy that was recently expanded.
The Southern Poverty Law Center calls Patriot Prayer a far-right group active in the Pacific Northwest that has hosted and promoted rallies in progressive cities such as Portland, frequently engaging in violence against their political opponents.
Gibson and his supporters have described it as a Christian organization. Though white supremacists have attended Patriot Prayer events, Gibson has defended himself and his movement against claims that he’s aligned with white supremacists.