Facebook is apparently in the middle of a huge purge, targeting Kurdish rights activists. The social media platform has banned various groups and suspended administrators’ personal accounts for supposedly ‘breaching community standards’ or ‘using hate speech’.
The Canary has been following the case of Kurdish hunger strikers closely in recent months. There are currently thousands of hunger strikers – and a number of ‘death strikers‘ – who are demanding an end to Turkey’s illegal isolation of imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan.
Banned for supporting the hunger strikers?Many other Kurdistan solidarity campaigners have reported to The Canary that they have been temporarily suspended, or that their posts have been removed without any explanation why. By apparently silencing these activists, Facebook is effectively shutting down campaigns. And it’s therefore helping to censor the internet.