Facebook: Suppressing Dissent, Massive Shutdown of Independent Media

Facebook announced on Thursday that it shut down and removed hundreds of pages and accounts that it vaguely accused of “inauthentic behavior.” The dragnet raised concerns that Facebook is using its enormous power to silence independent perspectives that run against the corporate media’s narratives.

Facebook has removed pages covering issues neglected by the corporate media. Several media outlets covering activism, war and police accountability groups have been purged, including Cop Block and Police the Police. They’ve also restricted activity for ‘Photography Is Not a Crime.’

Many of the pages removed by Facebook had previously been targeted on a blacklist promoted by the Washington Post. The publication of the blacklist drew widespread media condemnation, forcing the Post to publish a retraction.


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