Disinfo: Mark Zuckerberg introduced his own form of censorship against Sputnik, Xinhua and Press TV

Summary

We are the witnesses of a new war for the most important resources – dis(information), control over the Internet, rights for Internet censorship and access to the largest market in the world, where the Internet users are goods. This fight is taking place in the USA, where Trump signs a new Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship, but also in Europe and all over the world. Mark Zuckerberg, whose Facebook empire is associated with a broadly understood globalist circle, introduces his own form of censorship against Russia’s Sputnik, Chinese Xinhua and Iranian Press TV.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin conspiracy theory about social media (primarily, Facebook), advancing pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about “secret elites” and the West's alleged media censorship and societal control.

This disinformation message is a reaction to recent policy changes by Facebook. On June 4, Facebook announced that it would label media outlets that are wholly or partially under the editorial control of their government. The labels are meant to bring greater transparency into these publishers because they combine the influence of a media organization with the strategic backing of a state. The labels have been applied to Russia's Sputnik, as well as other state-controlled media outlets, like Iran’s Press TV and China’s Xinhua News.

The same article contained another disinformation claim alleging that the US is occupying Europe.

See similar disinformation cases connected to Facebook - Google and Facebook manipulate information to destroy RussiaFacebook is a project of the Soros Foundation, financed by National Security AgencyFacebook is in the service of the US State Department.

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  • Reported in: Issue 201
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: China, Iran, Russia, US
  • Keywords: Facebook, Censorship, Mark Zuckerberg, Freedom of speech, Sputnik

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Information about the introduction of clear censorship against Sputnik or Press TV [by Facebook] puts the situation to a new level. Before, social media used to carry out repressive censorship. In other words, they intervened only after the information was presented to the public. Today, however, we face the mechanism of preventive censorship. The history shows that preventive censorship is introduced because of fear – it is a sign of the quick collapse of a dictatorship.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin conspiracy theory about social media (primarily, Facebook), advancing pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about “secret elites” and the West's alleged media censorship and societal control

This disinformation message is a reaction to recent policy changes by Facebook. On June 4, Facebook announced that it would label media outlets that are wholly or partially under the editorial control of their government. The labels are not censoring in any way but merely inform users about the publishers' origins to help them understand the source of the information they are consuming. This is designed to bring greater transparency about these publishers since they combine the influence of a media organisation with the strategic backing of a foreign state. The labels have been applied to Russia's Sputnik, as well as other state-controlled media outlets, like Iran’s Press TV and China’s Xinhua News.

Russia’s effort to influence US elections is a conspiracy theory

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Disproof

This is part of the pro-Kremlin's media's ongoing efforts to deny Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

Facebook recently published a statement on the reasons for labeling state-controlled media that are wholly or partially under the editorial control of their government. This is not an "anachronistic propapanda tool" but a transparent, thorough exercise in which Facebook sought advice from experts in various fields. Indeed, Facebook has initiated an effort over the last few months to enhance its integrity profile ahead of the next US presidential elections in November 2020.

The US government demonises Russia and depicts President Putin as “the new Hitler”

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that the US and other Western states pursue  a belligerent and hostile agenda against Russia, that the US seeks to foment “colour revolutions” in post-Soviet nations and in Russia itself, that Russophobia dominates the West’s thinking about Russia, and that NATO is encircling Russia.

According to this narrative the West seeks to humiliate, weaken, disintegrate, conquer or subdue Russia, in order to portray Russia as the victim of unjustified aggression against which it must defend itself.