Described by RT as "a mainstay at pro-gun rallies and street protests", the group received attention from the national media last weekend when a rumored member was shot and killed by a man who described himself as "100% Antifa" in an interview. The shooter, Michael Forest Reinoehl, was himself shot and killed by police after confessing to the shooting in an interview with - who else? - Vice News.
A Facebook spokesman told Reuters the company pulled the pages as part of "ongoing efforts to remove Violent Social Militias from our platform." That's presumably a reference to street brawls between members of the group and armed left-wing groups.
Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson tweeted about the victim, addressing him by the name "Jay", and claiming to have known him through the group. Gibson's own personal page was also caught up in the ban.
He raged at Facebook for the timing of the ban: "Antifa groups murdered my friend while he was walking home, and instead of the multibillion dollar company banning Portland antifa pages they ban Patriot Prayer and myself," Gibson said in a statement on Friday. "People can sign up at PatriotPrayerUSA.com for future events."