Facebook and Twitter declared that they have now censured information published by groups linked to Iran and to Russia.

These two companies justify their position on the grounds that such information falls within the category of fake news. However, they are not giving out information on the identity of these accounts, nor their contents. This makes it impossible for the public to evaluate if this censorship is legitimate and deprives the persons sanctioned of any thought of a remedy.

Historically, the United States adopted the principle of total freedom of expression (which included the freedom to express fake new and fighting words) through the First Amendment to the US Constitution. At issue was the desire not to perpetuate censorship or to keep secret what had been censured, which had, allegedly characterized the Inquisition.

At the same time, the Washington Post reveals that Facebook classifies the internet users that post false contents [1].

This procedure is exactly the same as the “social credit” procedure adopted by the People’s Republic of China, a procedure that has provoked to this very day, harsh criticism in the West.

On the other hand, Facebook has supressed 5000 options that permitted its advertisers to profile its clients. It is seeking to prevent the filtering of its clients on political, religious or ethnic basis after the scandal revealed by the US Secretary for Housing.

Anoosha Boralessa

[1Facebook is rating the trustworthiness of its users on a scale from zero to 1”, Elizabeth Dwoskin, The Washington Post, August 21, 2018.