Not content with widespread interference in the British European Elections by banning Tommy Robinson and UKIPs Carl Benjamin, Facebook is also censoring pages supporting the governing populist Parties in Italy.
Pages supporting Matteo Salvini and his Lega Party such as ‘Lega Salvini Premier Santa Teresa of Riva’ and Beppe Grillo’s 5* Movement such as ‘We Are 5 Stars’ were amoung the 23 culled.
Facebook trotted out the familiar excuses, citing ‘hate speech’ and ‘divisive content’. Leftist group Avaaz provided ‘research’ which informed the purge. Somewhat laughably a spokes for Facebook said that the social media giant is “committed to the integrity of the EU Elections”.
Far from doing that however they are waging an overtly political campaign against populist parties. La Repubblica, an Italian daily newspaper, reported that Facebook has opened up a ‘war room’ in Dublin, Ireland with 40 teams of full-time engineers, researchers, threat specialists, scientists, and experts for each country who devote their efforts to the European electoral campaign.
Free speech is clearly under a concerted attack from Zuckerberg and his cronies.