Facebook announced in a Statement of August 19 that he has begun to erase anti-fascist and anarchist content from his platform, as he claims that even though these groups do not directly organize violence, they “have celebrated violent acts” and have weapons that they have suggested to use.
As for Antifa, the social media giant deleted 980 groups, destroyed 150 pages, deleted 160 advertisements and deleted 1,400 hashtags. Facebook will not prevent individuals from posting to these groups, but rather will prevent groups from organizing on its site.
To bring about this ban, Facebook extended its Dangerous Individuals and Organizations Policyit therefore no longer only applies to groups so violent that they warrant being erased from the platform altogether, but now imposes restrictions on those that pose “significant risks to public safety”.
The social media platform has also confused these anti-racist left groupings with far right elements, as Facebook pointed out last Wednesday, it imposed these same restrictions on the alt-right group QAnon, blurring the line between white supremacists and those against them.
An obvious aspect of Zuckerberg prohibition about anti-fascist and anarchist groups organizing and publishing on its platform is that it mirrors the anti-left rhetoric that President Donald Trump began spouting following the 2017 Unite the Right protests in Charlottesville.
And Trump’s campaign against Antifa continued Since that time.
This has only intensified since Black Lives Matter uprisings began following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, with the US president Many times pointing to Antifa as being at the heart of the unrest.
This assertion on Trump’s part persists, because he blames now antifascists and anarchists for the ongoing protests in the city of Portland, which had involved the president dispatching federal agents to deal with the protests.
So that means that in response to actions against police brutality against people of color — as well as the systemic racism that propagates it — Facebook has decided to silence these left-wing groups, which the Trump administration has identified as being at the origin of the BLM protests.
The right kind of violence
Anarchist Public Relations Project Agency has published an open letter condemning the banning of publishers and anarchist groups from Facebook, pointing out that it is based on a false equivalence drawn between anti-fascist organizing and fascist violence.
“The anarchist publishers and authors in question are being targeted for reasons that ultimately stem from political beliefs, not ‘violence,'” the authors of the open letter say.
“If this decision goes unchallenged, it will set a precedent that will be used again and again to target dissent.”
And not only do these restrictions look unfavorable in the future for being able to express political opinions that do not support the governmental power structure on social media, but they also place Facebook in opposition to those who choose to challenge government-sponsored violence. State.