Once again it seems Facebook is playing politics from behind the scenes of social media profiles with more than 196 pages and 87 individual profiles belonging to ideological conservatives shut down. In a country of more than one hundred million users–half the country’s population–and a presidential election on Oct. 7, the timing is raising questions in Washington, D.C. Offering no evidence, Facebook defended its bans, claiming that the blocked pages and profiles “…were part of a coordinated network that disguised itself using fake accounts and hid from the public the nature and origins of its content, with the purpose of causing division and spreading disinformation.” This appears consistent with the trend of shadow-banning at Twitter and has Congress raising another eyebrow.
Here’s more from The Daily Signal…
Conservative groups in Brazil are protesting against Facebook after it banned 196 pages and 87 individual profiles, many of them on the right side of the ideological spectrum.
The Facebook purge has raised concerns that the platform may be pursuing a political agenda in the run-up to the Oct. 7 elections for a new president, a new National Congress, and new state assemblies.
Facebook has more than 100 million users in Brazil, about half of the country’s population.
The Facebook accounts were removed on July 25 without any notification. One of the organizations affected is Brasil 200, a free-market group founded by businessman and former presidential candidate Flavio Rocha.
Other banned pages have links to Movimento Brasil Livre (the Free Brazil Movement), the main grassroots movement behind the massive protests that successfully demanded the impeachment of leftist President Dilma Rousseff in 2016.