Real activists become casualties in Facebook crackdown

A computer screen displaying the logo of the social networking site Facebook, in Manchester, England, on July 18, 2018.
A computer screen displaying the logo of the social networking site Facebook, in Manchester, England, on July 18, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON • Genuine American political activists have criticised Facebook's decision to unilaterally remove an event page last Tuesday, one of 32 pages and accounts that the social media giant said were involved in spreading propaganda and trying to influence the forthcoming mid-term elections.

The event, a counter-protest to a right-wing rally in Washington, was organised by a collection of anti-fascist, anti-racist, socialist and anarchist groups.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 05, 2018, with the headline 'Real activists become casualties in Facebook crackdown'. Print Edition | Subscribe