It’s no secret Facebook and censorship go hand in clammy hand. But now that Facebook is snuggling up to China (see CENSORSHIP SUMMIT: Facebook Meets With China’s Propaganda Chief…), that censorship has taken a creepier twist. Take a look at how they’re stifling pesky anti-Chinese government content…
Facebook has apologized for “mistakenly” banning a temporary profile picture frame commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre in China.
When a teaching union official in Hong Kong uploaded his effort – which urged viewers to end the “dictatorial regime” in China – he was told it was impermissible.
The social network gave an incoherent excuse that the imagery – meant to honor those killed opposing the Chinese government – “belittled or threatened” a protected group, and thus had to be kept off of the network.
Of all the assless chapped, gay pornographic images, the pro-terrorism posts, and the gruesome videos riddled with graphic violence that clog the puffed up bowels of Facebook… This is what their support team picked to remove. Because a picture frame insulting to Chinese government is clearly UNACCEPTABLE, apostate!
China was all too pleased with this move. Though not everyone was impressed with the social network’s rump canoodling.
Critics slammed Facebook’s decision to prohibit the frame, claiming it was a politically motivated attempt to avoid upsetting the Chinese government.
The issue of protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989 still remains a taboo in China and a subject of censorship. The Chinese government is actively censoring any mention of the event, including blocking online searches or banning books.
Facebook backpedaled once they started receiving tons of complaints. They’ve since given the frame a resentful stamp of approval. Other similar anti-government frames have yet to be approved. So, for now, Chinese Facebookers are free to disagree with the government by way of select profile art. Which is a pretty big deal for them, since they don’t have silly American things like rights or protests over there. Just take a gander at how the Tiananmen protest turned out.
Still, the fact remains that Facebook – a blatantly leftist company – is actively seeking to silence those who dissent from their chosen narrative. In this case, the Tiananmen content put the network in a political pickle. Rather than give a medium to those who are constantly silenced and oppressed by the government, their instinct is to protect the government itself from any mean words that may chance upon the interwebs.
In case you still have any doubts as to Facebook’s motives…