The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Some Banned, Some Can Still Lie

Jun 7, 2021

Facebook just announced that Donald Trump is banned from posting on its site for two years. Trump’s posts to his millions of supporters about storming the U.S. Capitol on January 6 was the reason given for his suspension. And maybe it was a relief to some.

But Facebook also removed the posts of some Palestinian activists protesting the Israeli government’s policies—the bombings that cost many civilian lives and destroyed homes in Gaza. In April, Facebook went along with the prime minister of India, Narendra Modi, who insisted that Facebook stop allowing criticisms of how the government was handling the coronavirus pandemic, with its high number of deaths of Indian people.

So Facebook allows some politicians to post in ways that contribute to human rights violations, while it denies others, usually the protesters, a way to post criticisms of those politicians.

Some Facebook employees expressed their disappointment with the company’s policies. But Facebook publishes on behalf of Zuckerberg and big investors, to make money, not to truthfully inform or protect human beings.