DISINFO: Mark Zuckerberg introduced his own form of censorship against Sputnik, Xinhua and Press TV
  • Outlet: pl.sputniknews.com (archived)*
  • Date of publication: June 10, 2020
  • Outlet language(s): Polish
  • Reported in: Issue 201
  • Countries / regions discussed: China, Iran, US, Russia
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DISINFO: Mark Zuckerberg introduced his own form of censorship against Sputnik, Xinhua and Press TV


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.


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 Russia; Facebook is a project of the Soros Foundation, financed by National Security Agency; Facebook is in the service of the US State Department.


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