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‘Like a death blow’: Banned alternative media speak to RT after mass Facebook purge — RT US News

Posted by M. C. Fox on October 15, 2018

https://www.rt.com/usa/441140-facebook-purge-victims-speak/

Some 800 anti-establishment accounts and pages have been yanked from Facebook in a sweeping crackdown the social media giant framed as a fight against spammers. RT talked to those who were targeted in the cleansing.

Among the hundreds of pages and accounts Facebook and Twitter took down were those both on the political left and right, ranging from conspiracy theorists and police brutality watchers, to news outlets with non-mainstream angles, While their content could be at times described as controversial, the bulk of the banished pages boasted large followings and outreach.

READ MORE: ‘Land of censorship & home of the fake’: Alternative voices on Facebook and Twitter’s crackdown

RT spoke to some of the voices silenced by the Facebook move. Here is what they had to say.

Jason Bassler, The Free Thought Project, 3.1mn followers

“If that was just spam, if that was just irrelevant garbage they wouldn’t be so threatening, they would not ban us, they would not care, we would not have been on their radar.”…

Nicholas Bernabe, founder of The Anti-Media, 2.1mn followers

“That could actually be perceived as Facebook itself meddling in elections, because we are only a few weeks away from the midterms and they go and target 800 politically-oriented media pages for deletion.”…

Matt Savoy, The Free Thought Project, 3.1mn followers

“This is like a death blow. Facebook was a source of how we were able to get our links out and drive traffic to the website, and we no longer have it. The few remaining employees that we have, they are going to be gone.”…

Matt Bergman, Punk Rock Libertarians, 190,000 followers

“Their terms of service agreement is probably a million words long. Nobody has ever read it all the way through and I would think that if they wanted to they can ban CNN, they can ban you guys, if they wanted to, they can ban anybody.”…

Dan Dicks, Investigative Journalist, 350,000 followers

“What we are dealing with here today is the silencing of anybody who goes against the status quo right now, does not matter right or left side of the political spectrum.”…

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