by James Buchanan
Just ten days before the run off election in France, 30,000 Facebook accounts have been deleted. Facebook is claiming that these deletions were not at all politically motivated against the Right and Le Pen, but given Facebook’s history, this is very hard to believe. It may take weeks to find out exactly the extent of this purge, but it would be no surprise if it were 99 percent directed against pro-Le Pen accounts.
A Gateway Pundit article reports “Facebook suspended 30,000 French accounts ten days before a hotly contested election.”
“Critics argue the move is in an attempt to censor Marine Le Pens surging popularity.
Japan Today reported:”
“Facebook Inc said on Thursday it suspended 30,000 accounts in France as the social network giant steps up efforts to stop the spread of fake news, misinformation and spam.”
“The move, which comes 10 days before the first round of a hotly contested French presidential election, is among the most aggressive yet by Facebook to move against accounts that violate its terms of service, rather than simply respond to complaints.”
An article from Gizmodo reports “Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network’s influential “trending” news section, according to a former journalist who worked on the project. This individual says that workers prevented stories about the right-wing CPAC gathering, Mitt Romney, Rand Paul, and other conservative topics from appearing in the highly-influential section, even though they were organically trending among the site’s users.”
“Several former Facebook ‘news curators,’ as they were known internally, also told Gizmodo that they were instructed to artificially ‘inject’ selected stories into the trending news module, even if they weren’t popular enough to warrant inclusion—or in some cases weren’t trending at all. The former curators, all of whom worked as contractors, also said they were directed not to include news about Facebook itself in the trending module.”
Thankfully, Facebook is NOT the entire Internet, and French Patriots can get the truth from a wide variety of websites and youtube videos. This heavy-handed censorship in the last days of an election will hopefully cost Mr. Zuckerberg half his audience and open up an opportunity for any conservative software writer, who can come up with a social network system that doesn’t spit on the beliefs of anyone on the political right.