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Facebook deletes slain Marine’s mother’s accounts, then claims mistake and reverses

A U.S. Marine Corps carry team transfers the remains of Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui of Norco, California, Aug. 29, 2021 at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jason Minto)
September 01, 2021

The social media company Facebook said it made a mistake when it deleted the accounts run by Shana Chappell, the mother of Kareem Nikoui, a U.S. Marine who was killed in the suicide bomb attack at the Kabul airport on Thursday.

On Monday, Chappell said in a Facebook post that her Instagram account had been deleted after she shared a post criticizing President Joe Biden and blaming him for her son’s death. Instagram is owned by Facebook.

On her Instagram account, Chappell shared a photo of a post that the social media platform said violated their policies. In her post, Chappell said “I’m sure Biden did all this on purpose! You can not possibly do shit this stupid and it be by accident!!!! . . . When are we the people gonna say enough is enough, bam together, rise up, and show up at the White House to demand this decrepit senile fool and his cackling side kick Hyena get TF out of the White House so the president that actually won the election can take his rightful seat back and fix all of this bs Biden has created?”

In their reasoning for marking her post, Instagram said, “This comment may contain racist language or other content that goes against our Community Guidelines.”

Facebook has since confirmed removing Chappell’s Instagram account.

“We express our deepest condolences to Ms Chappell and her family,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement to The Independent. “Her tribute to her heroic son does not violate any of our policies. While the post was not removed, her account was incorrectly deleted and we have since restored it.”

As of Wednesday, Chappell’s Facebook and Instagram accounts both appear to be active.

In another Facebook post on Monday, Chappell wrote, “As soon as I posted about what happened to my son Instagram started pulling up my posts from months ago and sending me notifications that if I kept posting stuff like that they would disable my account.”

In an August 26 Facebook post, Chappell said she had been told by the platform that her Facebook account had also been suspended for 30 days.

“You deleted my account because my sons blood is on Biden’s hands!! 13 Heros blood is on Biden’s hands!!!!” she said in another Facebook post, The Independent reported.