The number 2 of the National Gathering Jordan Bardella and the ex-deputy RN Marion Maréchal denounced a “censorship” of Facebook which, according to them, threatened to “unpublish” their pages after messages of support for the far-right movement Generation identity, threatened with dissolution.
“We do not tolerate content posted to support or praise organizations that spread hatred or attack other people on the basis of their race, religion, ethnicity or nationality,” replied a spokesperson for the network. social, requested by AFP.
Facebook (also owner of Whatsapp and Instagram) recalled that it had banned the Generation Identity organization from its platforms in 2018, after repeated violations of its rules on hate speech.
“An ideological censorship process”
In addition to the removal of several messages in support of the movement, Facebook explained that it had chosen to temporarily block certain features of the political pages of Jordan Bardella and Marion Maréchal. A first level of warnings before a suspension or a ban.
“Facebook arrogates to itself the right to delete my publications defending freedom of expression and denouncing the government’s drastic freedom! Until the outright censorship of my page without recourse possible? “Asked the vice president of RN on Twitter.
Facebook pages always visible
“But after having censored Donald Trump they can censor just about anyone,” defended Jordan Bardella, referring to the Facebook and Twitter ban of the former US president. The Republican billionaire had been the subject of a historic decision on the part of social networks, after the invasion of the Capitol in Washington by some of his supporters on January 6.
Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg announced the suspension of Donald Trump’s account for at least two weeks, “until the peaceful transition of power. [avec l’arrivée du nouveau président élu Joe Biden ; NDLR] be completed ”.
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“We are studying with our lawyers what it is possible to do”, faced with this “supervision of freedom of expression”, added the elected RN. The Facebook pages of Mr. Bardella and Ms. Maréchal were visible Monday, however without messages of support for Generation Identity.
Several far-right personalities excluded from Facebook
MP LR Julien Aubert, while recalling his political opposition to Ms. Maréchal, denounced on Twitter “acts of censorship without any legal basis on the part of Facebook”.
This approach is not a first in France. Several far-right personalities, such as Hervé Ryssen, Alain Soral (as well as the page of his site Equality and reconciliation), the polemicist Dieudonné or the organization Génération Identitaire itself have already been excluded from Mark Zuckerberg’s network. .
“Individuals and organizations who attack others on the basis of who they are have no place on Facebook or Instagram,” the social network said in August, justifying the exclusion of the controversial comic Dieudonné.
Original article by : www.leparisien.fr