Facebook ‘Purge’ a Step Toward Censorship

Facebook is being accused of censorship after the latest purge of over 800 accounts. The claim is that many of these accounts are being removed for “inauthentic behavior” but many of the accounts are authentic, including a page for one of RT America’s reporters. RT America’s Trinity Chavez reports.

 

Facebook Accused of ‘Full-Frontal Suppression of Dissent’ After Independent Media Swept Up in Mass Purge — The massive shutdown affected many progressive sites devoted to covering war, police brutality, and other issues neglected by the corporate media

 

Speaking to journalist Alex Rubinstein after they found out Facebook shut down their pages—some of which had hundreds of thousands of followers—the founders of Police the Police, the Free Thought Project, and other now-shuttered pages denied Facebook’s hazy charge of “fraudulent” activity and accused the company of attempting to suppress dissenting voices that refuse to toe the corporate line.

“I can only speculate that these suspensions were a coordinated effort to stifle our message ahead of the coming elections.”
—Nicholas Bernabe, The Anti-Media

“Our approach generally is to cover stories and angles that corporate media underreport or misreport and to amplify activist and anti-war voices and stories. All of our content is professionally fact-checked and edited,” said Nicholas Bernabe, founder of The Anti-Media, a self-described “anti-establishment” website whose Facebook page was shut down along with hundreds of others on Thursday. “I can only speculate that these suspensions were a coordinated effort to stifle our message ahead of the coming elections.”

While some of the pages Facebook removed on Thursday were affiliated with right-wing sites that were spreading patently false stories, censorship opponents have long warned of the “slippery slope” of empowering corporate giants to suppress certain kinds of content, given that the suppression almost always expands far beyond the original target.

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