Category: MEDIA FRONT

Facebook Purges US-Based Independent Media For Political Disinformation

WHITNEY WEBB—While MintPress’ Facebook page and Twitter account are still active, reach on both platforms has been reduced dramatically in recent months, as both social-media giants began to ramp up censorship efforts following the 2016 U.S. elections. (1) For instance, MintPress’ Facebook reach — meaning how many Facebook users see MintPress posts — has been only a fraction of the page’s more than 400,000 fans on the platform, with most posts averaging only around 10,000 views according to Facebook’s analytics.

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WEB EXCLUSIVE: Dissident Voices PURGED From Facebook & Twitter!

LEE CAMP—Our content is being suppressed by major social media platforms, but there are two ways you can keep track of our content. The best is to join our email list by texting “REDACTED” to 444-999: It’s free in the U.S. Secondly, please double check that you’re still subscribed to our channel (YouTube is apparently unsubscribing people), and click the bell icon next to the word “Subscribe.” You’re the best. Keep fighting.

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EXCLUSIVE: Meet the Reporters Whose Pages Were Shut Down By Facebook

Rachel Blevins, a correspondent for RT America: Today I was locked out of my Facebook account for four hours, and my public page was “unpublished.” There appears to be no explanation for this other than the vague claim from Facebook that my page was taken down because it was “administered by a fake account, misleading users or violating the Facebook spam policies.” I am the only person who publishes posts on my page; the only posts I publish are articles I have written or videos of my reports, and I only post one or two times a day — which rules out all of the claims that I have violated Facebook’s policies. My page had nearly 70,000 followers before it was taken down. I have poured the last four years into building my page as a journalist, and I have noticed recently that the reach seems to have been stifled and that the engagement on my posts was down significantly. I know that I am not the only one who has become a victim of this purge, and there are hundreds of other pages — many of which had millions of followers — that have been taken down with no warning and no explanation.

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