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FACEBOOK has been accused of ‘policing right-wing political speech’ in leaked documents.
The ex-Facebook employee claims that the firm deboosts posts from right wing pages.
The leak came from a former Facebook employee who worked in the social media firms Content Review and Intellectual Property Department.
The revelations come days after the social media network banned Britain’s biggest political activist in terms of Facebook popularity, Tommy Robinson and disabled the accounts of dozens of UKIP activists including the owner and founder of this website.
Earlier this week, several key UKIP members including Young Independence South West Chairman Reece Coombes and fellow Kipper Central contributors Darrell Goodliffe, Damien Heads and Richard Inman of Veterans Against Terrorism found their Facebook accounts suspended without any explanation from the social media platform.
Project Veritas alleged that it had obtained documents and presentation materials from a former Facebook insider.
The information claims to prove how Facebook engineers plan and go about policing political speech.
“Screenshots from a Facebook workstation show the specific technical actions taken against political figures, as well as “[e]xisting strategies” taken to combat political speech.” said Project Veritas.
The engineer claims that Facebook “deboosted,” right-wing pages and gave no notice to Page Owners.
“I saw things that were going on that I personally found to be troubling.”
According to the insider, the documents revealed a routine suppression of the distribution of conservative Facebook pages.
The technical action she repeatedly saw, and for which Project Veritas was provided documentation, was labeled ActionDeboostLiveDistribution. Said the insider.
“I would see [this term] appear on several different conservative pages. I first noticed it with an account that I can’t remember, but I remember once I started looking at it, I also saw it on Mike Cernovich’s page, saw it on Steven Crowder’s page, as well as the Daily Caller’s page.”
Conservative commentator Steven Crowder’s page had been suppressed before in April 2016, and Crowder told Project Veritas they settled a dispute related to the issue with Facebook out of court.
Responding to the claims, a Facebook spokesman said: “We fired this person a year ago for breaking multiple employment policies and using her contractor role at Facebook to perform a stunt for Project Veritas,”
“Unsurprisingly, the claims she is making validate her agenda and ignore the processes we have in place to ensure Facebook remains a platform to give people a voice, regardless of their political ideology.”)