Facebook is a private company and can do what it wants, but this purge probably has as much to do with outside crony forces as it does with internal anti-anti establishment pressures. It looks like the little guys got hammered again. CNN, however, we are sure will continue to have a thriving page on Facebook. As will The New York Times.
On Thursday, October 11, Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s Head of Cybersecurity Policy and Oscar Rodriguez, Product Manager, announcedthe company was shutting down 559 pages and 251 accounts “created to stir up political debate.”
Isn’t political debate a good thing?
The targeted pages and accounts included many pages, and their administrators, who have gained popularity by voicing ideas outside the mainstream—including skepticism of violent and intrusive police tactics and support for libertarian ideas.