When Katerina Janouch contacted Facebook and asked why she was suspended, she was told that “tribute or support” for Tommy Robinson is prohibited.
Facebook’s policy states, among other things, that so-called “hate organisations” and their leaders or prominent members are not allowed to have accounts on Facebook.
And “tribute or support” for such individuals is not allowed either.
Katerina Janouch argues that the article she published is about freedom of speech, and how people with uncomfortable and unpleasant views are being silenced in social media.
The author of the article, Madeleine Rönnqvist Lilja, writes that many Islam critics are portrayed as right-wing populist Muslim haters and have their accounts shut down. She also questions how the British Government treated Robinson.
“The question is whether it is support, that we question the British Government’s behaviour,” says Janouch.
She thinks that there is no consistency in Facebook’s policy.
“There’s no incitement in the article, it’s a regular chronicle. At the same time, ISIS terrorists have been allowed to use Facebook and spread their message there. Being a terrorist does not seem to be reason enough to be banned. But if you write a chronicle about Tommy Robinson you get a seven day suspension. It’s very arbitrary and nasty”, says Katerina Janouch, who is increasingly hesitant about Facebook.
“I believe that every time something like this happens, more and more people will leave Facebook. However, it is only when we leave Facebook for real, and not double post, both on Facebook and, say, on MeWe, that something will happen. If the shares are only on MeWe, more people will use it. Now I will share on MeWe.com, we’ll see what happens in the future”, she concludes.
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