Censorship crackdown? Top 5 alt-media pages banned by Facebook & Twitter

Sites dealing with government transparency, pages dedicated to police brutality and alternative media – take a closer look at the top five accounts with millions of followers that were recently suspended by Twitter and Facebook.

  • NUMBER OF FOLLOWERS: 3.1mn 
  • ABOUT: The widely known website which calls itself “a hub for free thinking conversations” focuses on government transparency. Founded in 2013 by Jason Bassler and Matt Agorist, the site claims to “shed light” on “corrupt entities” across our planet. Its reports have covered the Monsanto row, police brutality and shootings in the US, as well as an insight into how the American government gets personal information about any citizen.
  • BANNED ON FACEBOOK: YES
  • BANNED ON TWITTER: YES
  • NUMBER OF FOLLOWERS: 2.1mn 
  • ABOUT: Initially launched on Facebook by blogger and entrepreneur Nick Bernabe, the Anti-Media is now an independent news aggregator with a hefty amount of followers. The group, which poses as “non-partisan” and “anti-establishment,” publishes loads of “mainstream” stories, including ones dealing with the UN report about a number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan, the Tesla crisis, and Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
  • BANNED ON FACEBOOK: YES
  • BANNED ON TWITTER: YES

PAGE: Police the Police

  • NUMBER OF LIKES: 1.9mn
  • ABOUT: A page dedicated to exposing US police brutality. The name of the group is apparently inspired by heated discussions following the recent string of deadly shootings by police officers across the country. People on social media, critics and analysts wonder who will regulate police where there is evidence of misconduct.
  • BANNED ON FACEBOOK: YES
  • BANNED ON TWITTER: YES
  • NUMBER OF LIKES: 1.5mn 
  • ABOUT: Started in 2010, the blogging service’s moto is “Declare War on Police Brutality.” It has been documenting police abuse ever since. It insists that it is not demonizing officers, but is trying to report on “state-monopolized police brutality,” which it says is ignored by mainstream media.
  • BANNED ON FACEBOOK: YES
  • BANNED ON TWITTER: YES

PAGE: Nation In Distress

  • NUMBER OF LIKES: 3.2mn
  • ABOUT: The group’s page on Facebook and information about it is blocked. It allegedly posted images and memes praising Donald Trump and attacking Democrats. The page also reportedly claimed to be the first online publication to have endorsed Trump.
  • BANNED ON FACEBOOK: YES
  • BANNED ON TWITTER: NO

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