Facebook Suspends 30,000 Pro Marine Le Pen Accounts

Facebook deletes thousands of pro Marine Le Pen accounts in lead up to election

Facebook has suspended 30,000 French accounts that were supportive of Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen on Friday. 

Facebook Inc announced its intentions to suspend the accounts on Thursday, claiming the move was part of an effort to stop the spread of fake news ahead of the French elections.

However, critics argue that the suspension, just ten days before the hotly contested election, is designed to censor Marine Le Pen as her popularity continues to soar.

Facebook has come under extreme pressure from Germany and France recently as European leaders have suggested new laws and fines unless the social media giant quickly removes content they deem “alternative.”

Facebook has already rolled out a program in France to use third-party fact-checkers to combat so-called fake news in users’ feeds.

In a blog post, Facebook said it was acting against 30,000 accounts in France that were the most influential and popular.

Breitbart.com reports:

The company said Thursday it’s trying to “reduce the spread of material generated through inauthentic activity, including spam, misinformation, or other deceptive content that is often shared by creators of fake accounts.”

It said its efforts “enabled us to take action” against the French accounts and that it is removing sites with the highest traffic.

Facebook and French media are also running fact-checking programs in France to combat misleading information, especially around the campaign for the two-round April 23-May 7 presidential election.

European authorities have also pressured Facebook and Twitter to remove extremist propaganda or other postings that violate European hate speech or other laws.

  • cg 98366

    I guess they figure if they can’t beat them they’ll out law them…Trouble with that is…Everyone sees it ,and she will gain even more support…

  • Geodude

    BLATANT Facebook censorship. Who are THEY to decide what is fake news or not fake news. They CAN’T. If they are going to decide, instead of letting us to decide for ourselves, then ALL news from Facebook is “FAKE”, Facebook thinks we have the inability, or the intelligence to do our own research to decide for ourselves, so they drag us along, like a mommy, and MAKE us believe ONLY what they want us to believe. I will not bow to disinformation, misinformation and lies from a “TABLOID” social media.

    • Talavar

      The problem is.. many actually DON’T fact check. Therefore they try to black out “fake news”, Which in itself would be a good thing, but it will definitely be abused…. The public’s intellectual laziness has given facebook the tools and the right to censor whatever they want. Sad, but true.

  • John C Carleton

    Face book is a zionist thirty shekel prostitute which serves the interest of the Zionist Crime Cabal trying to control the world by force and enslave everyone but the elite.

  • East Clintwood

    fkin faceberg

  • Kim Dianne

    When are these elitists going to give up on trying to censor,fabricate,lie etc..they are truly wasting their time. Doesn’t matter what they do or say,ppl are not listening or caring what they do..the ppl are still going to do what THEY want to do!!! The ppl have woken up and no FB or media or twitter etc, are going to change their minds…we are getting smarter….deal with it fb..