A month before the upcoming elections Sweden’s Social Democrats party obtained the approval from Facebook to silence opposing voices.
Voice of Europe reported:
Sweden’s government has been given a direct hotline to Facebook to remove “unreasonable things” and “problematic campaigns”, news outlet Samhällsnytt reports, and this is just in time to silence their opponents in the upcoming elections.
“The call has been made”. Infrastructure Minister Peter Eriksson MP has described the cooperation between Facebook and the government to delete unwanted content in a candid interview.
The politician commends the willing cooperation of the social media company. At the same time, more and more of the opposition are leaving social media.
Yesterday in a feature in Studio One on Sweden’s Radio P1, the Minister shared the results of the government’s pressure on Facebook and other digital giants. He stated that the Swedish election is “threatened” and Facebook “kept their promise” to the government.
Facebook has promised the government a direct hotline. Both direct contact with MSB but also directly to the political party secretaries so they can alert them when they see something they feel is problematic. He stated that they’ve already made contact and that it seems to work.
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On Monday Facebook, Google-YouTube, Apple and Spotify removed Infowars from their platforms within hours in a coordinated attack on a top pro-Trump publisher.
On Friday, the CEO of social media platform Gab, Andrew Torba, said YouTube removed an interview he did with Infowars’ founder Alex Jones.
Also on Friday Twitter banned conservative Gavin McInness – another pro-Trump conservative voice.
These prominent pro-Trump sites have been silenced.
This comes just 90 days out from the 2018 US midterm elections.