Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

Meta Censors Anti-Imperialist Speech In Obedience To The US Government

By Caitlin Johnstone

Anti-imperialist commentator Richard Medhurst reports that Instagram has deleted some 20 images from his account and given him a warning that he could face a permanent ban if he continues making similar posts. The posts in question are screenshots from a Twitter thread Medhurst made to commemorate the two-year anniversary of the Trump administration’s assassination of renowned Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani.

Go ahead and read the thread; here’s the hyperlink again. There’s nothing in there that comes anywhere remotely close to violating Instagram’s terms of service as they are written; Medhurst condemns the assassination and the bogus justifications provided for it, and discusses Soleimani’s crucial role in the fight against ISIS and Al Qaeda. The reason for Instagram’s censorship of Medhurst’s political speech is that Instagram’s parent company Meta (then called Facebook) determined after Soleimani’s assassination that anything which seems supportive of him constitutes a violation of US sanctions and must therefore be removed.

In 2019 the Trump administration designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, which was as hypocritical and arbitrary as any other government designating any other branch of another government’s military a terrorist organization. Despite this completely baseless designation, both the Meta-owned social media platforms Facebook and Instagram have been actively censoring political speech about Soleimani, who was the commander of the IRGC’s Quds force when he was assassinated. Medhurst reports that he has been censored on Instagram under the same justification for posting about Hamas as well.


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  1. I tried to join Facebook and before I posted anything I had my account limited because I put Benito Mussolini as my banner. I wasn’t even trying to be edgy, but Fagbook is basically a rigidly conformist Overton Window that doesn’t allow questioning of any government-media consensus.
    I have been banned multiple times from Gab for criticizing Republicans and BoomerCond *from the right* and attacking American imperialism and the Chekastapo pigs. The stupidity, ignorance and conformity of all the tribes in American culture make people incapable of having any serious discussion about anything, and any attempt to do so immediately makes you an enemy in the eyes of ALL these herd animals, from libertarians to WigNats to SJWs. At this point I kind of hope they start a nuclear war and descend into civil chaos, because they’re such human garbage their continued existence is of negative value. It’s time for the Final Solution to the Normie Question, these apelings may be human but as far as I’m concerned they’re not people.

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