5 Authoritarian Regimes That Shape Facebook’s Censorship Policies

In the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pledged to protect free speech.. But his platform, the largest and most influential social network in the world, regularly clamps down on free speech on behalf of authoritarian regimes.

Facebook’s growth is slowing. It needs new markets and new audiences, which is why it is making a big push into foreign countries. However, some of these countries aren’t happy with the idea of letting their citizens have access to free-speech friendly platforms, and impose conditions on Facebook’s operations within their borders.

So, does Zuckerberg’s stated commitment to free speech trump the company’s need to enter markets controlled by authoritarian, censorious governments? Readers can examine the following five examples, and judge for themselves….continue reading

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