(AMERICAN MILITARY NEWS) -- According to Facebook and Instagram users over the past week, the social media platforms have been punishing the accounts of those who share a quote by Thomas Paine, an American political theorist who was one of the leading minds behind the American Revolution.
Quillette managing editor Colin Wright was among the first to report the punitive action, when on Sunday when he shared Paine’s quote, “He who dares not offend cannot be honest” on Instagram. Wright tweeted a picture of the Paine quote and the subsequent notice from Instagram that the post was removed for “‘false information’ according to Instagram.”
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Wright subsequently tweeted, “Received [Direct Messages] from several people who tried to repost it saying theirs got immediately taken down too. Give it a try and report back.”