‘End of free speech’: Maffick CEO, host slam Facebook’s unprovoked ‘censorship’ after CNN report
18 February, 2019
Facebook blocking several pages operated by Maffick Media is nothing short of outright censorship, the company’s CEO Anissa Naouai said, after a US-funded think tank pointed them out to CNN for a ‘hit-piece’.
The whole situation makes one think that the suspension is in fact connected to the pages’ popularity as well as their critical stance towards US policies, the Maffick CEO said.
‘Interrogation’ by CNN
Some details of this whole case may indeed seem odd. Just about an hour after the pages were blocked, CNN published a report on the issue as if they broke the news. Naouai said, explaining that, when she found out her company’s pages were suspended, CNN had already published its piece.
“dig up some dirt,” Rania Khalek, the American host of Soapbox – one of the video shows Maffick ran on Facebook – recalled.
When the company’s leadership and offered CNN an interview, it all ended up with a 45-minute loaded with questions that
Loophole for state censorship?
CNN itself admits in its piece that it did not just stumble upon the Facebook pages in question independently. Instead, this issue was brought to its attention by the Alliance for Securing Democracy – a part of the German Marshall Fund. This fund is a think tank, which is financed by the US and German governments and has such people as Michael Morell, the former CIA deputy head, and Jacob Sullivan, former Vice President Joe Biden's top security aide, on its advisory board.
“You have this US-funded think tank prompting CNN to pressure Facebook to ban our pages. That is an act of censorship,” Khalek said. She thinks the whole scheme was used to circumvent the First Amendment banning the US authorities from directly censoring free speech. “So, they use a middleman to pressure private companies to censor us,”she added, calling it a “legal loophole.”
‘Beginning of an end’
Regardless of who is really behind the ploy, Facebook banning some media pages without any explanation sets a tremendously dangerous precedent, Maffick Media believes.
The US establishment apparently seeks to suppress the outlets that the Soapbox host believes.
However, if the social media giant and the likes of it will just continue to randomly block media resources while having to do so, it could create very serious problems for society, Naouai believes.
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