Arrowhead Tactical Apparel, a clothing company, received an error message on October 20th of last year when attempting to log in to Instagram. This was the first indication that something was awry. Later that day, their Facebook account was disabled as well.
There was no warning, they had never once had so much as a single post flagged in the past for any violation of any sort of rule, and there was little in the way of explanation or recourse. The most Arrowhead Tactical has been able to determine was from a single message saying nothing more than their account was disabled because it was “suspected of violating Facebook policy.”
Despite logging multiple cases with Facebook’s help center and following up on them repeatedly, Arrowhead has never received any communication or other follow-up from Facebook. Their pages are still down.
As it is for many small businesses, Instagram and Facebook are (were) important sales drivers for Arrowhead and losing that direct access to their customer base has damaged their revenue substantially.
Alexander Spanopoulos, founder of Arrowhead Tactical Apparel, provided TTAG with the following statement:
We’re concerned about what this means for the future of our business and also what it means for the future of gun culture in America if censorship like this continues. Until our digital ecosystem is restored, we are still cut off from our community. We put a lot of effort into our pages, and we’re hesitant to invest that time into new pages if we might just be banned again without warning. We suspect that our account, like far too many accounts in the firearms community, dipped into the grey area of “wrongthink,” and big tech loves to drop the hammer on anything they disagree with.
I’m currently testing for review (and wearing at this moment) a pair of Arrowhead’s Carrier Sweatpants (Army Green, size L, if you must know). So far so good. It’s a cool design that looks and feels very high-end, as sweatpants go, with solid stitching and heavy fabric with a nice finish.
I’ve been in and out of stores and all around my house and office carrying my P365 in the Carrier Sweatpants, both with and without the “REQUIRED” internal retention belt, and I gotta say it’s about as comfortable and chillaxed as concealed carry is likely to get.
Obviously when I heard what happened to their social media accounts I had to share it with y’all. It’s crazy that this happens to freakin’ clothing companies (FB deleted 1776 United’s page as well), and I know exactly how important social media can be to a small company. My sister runs a clothing brand that is effectively a 100% Instagram business and the company I co-own, Black Collar Arms, also generates significant traffic to our website thanks to the pretty pictures we share on social media.
It’s a double-edged sword, that’s for sure. In the meantime, give Arrowhead Tactical Apparel a look.