The social network Facebook works in favor of the US government when it comes to removing “unwanted” accounts, the Glent Greenwald columnist says.
The journalist notes that the cooperation of the social network with the US authorities became apparent after the blockade of the account of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.
According to the company’s representatives, the page was closed due to the introduction of the head of the republic in the so-called “Magnitsky list”. At the same time, personal sanctions apply to the President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, but his account is still working, the observer stresses.
According to Greenwald, this means that the White House can force anyone to be removed from Facebook and Instagram, simply by including a person in the sanction sheet. “Do people trust Trump’s administration enough to give her the right to block anyone?” – the author asks the question.
Similar “close” relationships have developed in Facebook and with Tel Aviv, says Greenwald. So, sotsset repeatedly fulfilled the demands of the Israeli government on the blocking of accounts of Palestinians. In case of disobedience, the company was threatened with heavy fines and blocking of the site in Israel.
According to the Minister of Justice of the Jewish state, Ayelet Shaked, Israel submitted 158 requests for the removal of information during the previous four months, which can be regarded as “incitement to unrest.” As a result, Facebook satisfied 95% of the claims.
The Palestinian Information Center stated that ten English and Arabic administration pages with several million subscribers were blocked. Also in March last year, the social network closed the Fatah party page because of the photograph of Yasser Arafat with a rifle in his hands.
The author notes that such cooperation is not available to all countries: for example, if Iran demands the removal of the account of Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer (he was included in the black list for supporting Trump’s Jerusalem solution), Facebook will not do it.
The same, according to the journalist, applies to Russia, which a month ago imposed sanctions against some Canadian politicians, but their accounts are still active. In other words, Facebook cooperates only with those states that have direct influence on it, summarizes Greenwald.