Presented with an instance in which Facebook had removed a link to one of my articles, claiming to be acting on concerns raised by a reader, I thought I had been the victim of a single, opportunistic political attack.
In fact, I was already the victim of multiple attacks.
When I posted my new piece about the incident, I received reports from readers who said a series of posts had been removed from the Vox Political Facebook page without explanation. I quickly discovered that this was true.
Further investigation showed that I was not the only victim.
Fellow left-wing website Another Angry Voice carries a detailed report on what happened, with speculation as to the reasons.
The concerns raised – about shutting down the independent media during a general election and about this having happened on the day Jeremy Corbyn announced new policies to democratise the media – are shared by This Writer.
And they should be shared by you. If Facebook is determined to interfere in our political discourse, we must find a way around it.
Facebook has initiated a massive purge of independent media content. This blackout includes barring multiple independent media sites from posting links to their own site on their Facebook page, deleting independent media posts without warning or reason, marking independent media posts as spam so ordinary members of the public can’t share them, and deleting ordinary people’s posts without reason.
This issue has impacted multiple left-leaning independent media sites like Another Angry Voice, Evolve Politics, Vox Political, People’s Campaign for Corbyn, EU Citizens for an Independent Scotland, and many others. With pages left unable to post links to their own articles.
Facebook have tried to dismiss the independent media blackout as a “glitch” but interestingly the Facebook pages of mainstream media outlets were unaffected by the “glitch”. Mainstream media outlets that have been able to continue posting articles throughout the blackout include the Daily Mail, The S*n, Evening Standard, The Times and Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Spectator, Daily Mirror, Daily Express, Sky News, BBC News, and BBC Politics.
Additionally the hard-right Guido Fawkes blog was also allowed to continue posting links to their vile echo chamber of hate throughout the Facebook blackout.
The fact that a select few pages were allowed to continue posting throughout the Facebook blackout suggests that there’s some kind of Facebook ‘whitelist’ protecting them from whatever measures they’ve been taking against independent media sources.So a range of left-wing, pro-independence, anti-Tory, pro-Corbyn, anti-fracking independent media pages were barred from sharing links, while mainstream media outlets and hard-right blogs were completely unaffected.
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