Congressional Candidate Temporarily Suspended From Facebook For Posting Videos Challenging Transgender Man In Ladies’ Bathroom

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Mike Brest Reporter
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A California congressional candidate has been temporarily suspended from Facebook after posting a video multiple times of herself confronting a transgender man after the social media platform warned her to stop.

Jazmina Saavedra, a Republican candidate for the 44th district in California, confronted a transgender man in the women’s bathroom of a Denny’s on May 15. (Here’s What Happened When A GOP Candidate Challenged A Transgender Man Who Used The Ladies’ Room [VIDEO])

The video showed the person’s face, thus violating Facebook’s bullying policies. Facebook took down the video and reached out to Saavedra explaining that she broke their guidelines and that if she posted it again, she would be temporarily blocked.

Facebook also said that if she blurred out the face of the person she confronted, the video would be permissible under their community standards.

Saavedra posted the video again with the other person’s face blurred, but then posted the original unedited version of it and was suspended from the platform.

“We will remove content that purposefully targets private individuals,” Facebook’s community standards read.

The Washington Examiner reached out to Facebook, which said it allows the “discussion of whether transgender people should be able to use the bathroom of choice.”

When the Examiner reached out to the congressional candidate about the suspension, she said she was unaware of it.

The candidate is not able to post on her campaign page or her personal Facebook page, although other people who are administrators of her campaign page are still able to post on her behalf.

The video showed Saavedra confronting a transgender man who was in the bathroom stall of the women’s restroom. Saavedra left the bathroom and got restaurant management involved. The other individual was then escorted outside.

“How can I be with a man inside of the ladies’ room just because he thinks he’s a lady? This is unbelievable,” Saavedra said while videotaping the incident. “Only in California this happens.”