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After US Killing of Iran's Soleimani, Narrative Control on Social Media is Getting Worse

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AFTER US KILLING OF IRAN'S SOLEIMANI, NARRATIVE CONTROL ON SOCIAL MEDIA IS GETTING WORSE

Twitter has been on a narrative-control rampage, removing or censoring legitimate accounts that are critical of US-led wars, propaganda and lies. Facebook and Instagram have increased their Big Brother policing, too.

Attempts by American-based social media behemoths to silence or censor voices critical of the establishment-approved narrative is nothing new, but this trend seems to have intensified lately.

Just in the past several days, following the criminal US assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, Instagram and Facebook have been removing posts supportive of Soleimani, even profile photos honouring the general, allegedly to comply with US sanctions, a truly absurd explanation for the narrative control.

On January 7, it was reported that Twitter had suspended numerous Venezuelan accounts, including those of the central bank, the Bolivarian National Armed Forces, public media, political leaders, the Finance & Oil ministries.

At the end of last year, Italy's Rai News conducted an interview with Syrian President Bashar Assad, but then decided not to air it. Days later, as the interview was being aired instead by the Syrian Presidency, its respective Twitter account was inexplicably and suddenly restricted.


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It returned to normal some days later but, at the start of January, the account was again no longer available. Admin used a backup account with a dramatically smaller following and, although after about a weekand many Twitter protests later the account was again restored, it has not since tweeted and thus appears to be restricted.

In mid-2019, the account of the Russian embassy in Syria disappeared not long after tweeting about the White Helmets, terrorists, and war propaganda. This, again, begged the question of what 'Twitter rules' had been violated.


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These aren't some isolated incidents, they're part of a systematic purging by the NATO-aligned social media corporations who bleat about alleged "Russian propaganda" but are themselves the (transparently poor) masters of propaganda.

Many anti-war voices have been scrubbed from Twitter and Facebook, including the prominent anti-war voice of Daniel McAdams Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity who was banned from Twitter for using the word "retarded" to describe a Fox News host, something I'm sure many people would think an insufficient and mild description of such corporate media entities"

Accounts Calling For Genocide A-Okay on Twitter

While accounts like McAdams' are taken down allegedly for reasons of political correctness, other accounts can call for genocide and destruction with no repercussions.

Take the rather no-name lobbyist Jack Burkman, who, after the US assassination of Iran's beloved General Soleimani, tweeted about the "need to burn every major Iranian city to the ground." His tweet actually included "Load up the [chemical weapon] napalm."

On several more occasions, Burkman tweeted about destroying Iran, including his tweet on the firebombing of Dresden and his desire to "replicate the campaign against Iran." Some of those tweets have been removed, but his account remains active, without restrictions, as though he hadn't violated Twitter rules on multiple occasions.

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Eva Bartlett is a Canadian independent journalist and activist. She has spent years on the ground covering conflict zones in the Middle East, especially in Syria and Palestine. She is a recipient of the International Journalism Award for International Reporting. Visit her personal blog,  (more...)
 

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