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Fb censors German anti-lockdown motion beneath new guidelines to stop actual customers from organizing & amplifying ‘dangerous’ concepts

Facebook censors German anti-lockdown movement under new rules to prevent real users from organizing & amplifying ‘harmful’ ideas


Not content material to go simply after bots and trolls, Fb has established a brand new class of “social hurt” posted by real customers, beginning with purging pages and Instagram accounts of a German anti-lockdown group Querdenken.

Fb’s head of safety coverage Nathaniel Gleicher introduced the motion on Thursday, saying that his group has been working for months to “increase our community disruption efforts so we are able to handle threats that come from teams of genuine accounts coordinating on our platform to trigger social hurt.”

The closest his publish involves defining “social hurt” is content material that “requires violence or to discredit medical science.”

Gleicher says his group has eliminated a community of Fb and Instagram accounts, pages and teams “for partaking in coordinated efforts to repeatedly violate our Group Requirements, together with posting dangerous well being misinformation, hate speech and incitement to violence.” 

Sharing their domains on Fb and Instagram has been blocked as nicely, he added, however famous that “we aren’t banning all Querdenken content material.”

The Querdenken – German for “lateral considering” – motion is “linked to off-platform violence and different social harms,” Gleicher wrote, including that the content material posted on the banned pages “primarily centered on selling the conspiracy that the German authorities’s [Covid-19] restrictions are half of a bigger plan to strip residents of their freedoms and primary rights.”

In accordance with Fb, the group “usually portrayed violence as the way in which to overturn the pandemic-related authorities measures limiting private freedoms.” The group “engaged in bodily violence in opposition to journalists, police and medical practitioners in Germany,” Gleicher claimed citing “public reporting.”

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There have been a number of mass protests in opposition to coronavirus lockdowns in Germany, with the authorities denouncing them because the work of the “far-right,” neo-Nazis and different extremists. Whereas the UN particular rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer raised considerations about police brutality in dispersing the demonstrations, final month, Berlin police responded that violence is “nonetheless a part of our authorized system.”

“Direct enforcement is violence. Violence harms. Violence hurts. Violence seems to be violent,” Berlin police spokesperson Thilo Cablitz instructed DPA final month.

Fb has cracked down arduous on “debunked” and “false” claims concerning the Covid-19 pandemic, loosely outlined as something that contradicts the steerage by the World Well being Group or nationwide well being authorities. It stopped censoring the declare that the SARS-CoV-2 virus might have escaped from a lab in Wuhan, China again in Might, nonetheless, citing “new details and tendencies” that emerged.

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FILE PHOTO. Facebook will no longer censor claims SARS-CoV-2 virus (inset) is man-made. © REUTERS/Valentin Flauraud
Fb says it’s going to cease banning claims Covid-19 is man-made, citing ‘new details and tendencies’

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