Facebook and Instagram: account closures

1.2 million subscribers and then leaves… This Monday, August 3, Dieudonné M’Bala M’Bala’s Facebook page, like his Instagram account, were purely and simply closed by Mark Zuckerberg’s firm.

The reason given by the American giant is “content making fun of the victims of the Shoah” and “dehumanizing terms against the Jews”. The company made this ban on the polemicist public, as if to remind people that not everything can be said and written, and while Holocaust survivors in late July launched an online campaign to urge the CEO of Facebook to delete the messages. deniers of its platform.

For the International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism, this closure is a victory:

“The air is more breathable this morning on social networks. An anti-Semite has stopped broadcasting “

Precedents

On the Facebook side, a spokesperson insisted that “banning a person permanently from our services is a decision that we always weigh carefully, but the individuals and organizations who attack others on the basis of what they have no place on Facebook or Instagram ”.

In other words, the company still has a lot of work to do! This ban, although very much in the media, is not a first. It can be about people and organizations, or about ideologies. Thus in mid-July, Facebook (and Instagram) announced to ban all content advocating “conversion therapy” supposedly aimed at changing the sexual orientation of certain people (gays in this case) and judged “Dangerous to mental health”.

50 Cent after Booba?

For social network managers, the task promises to be immense, algorithms will not be enough. Blockages and deletions must indeed relate to so-called undesirable content, but also to user behavior.

Rapper Booba paid the price on Instagram at the end of January, seeing his account closed following the dissemination of “nudity content” (a photo in the simplest device), but we also know how much the artist liked to launch controversies on the social network.

And today, it’s another rapper, the American 50 Cent, who sees a sword of Damocles hanging over his Instagram account. The latter is indeed suspended, a message having been considered as “intimidation”.

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