Facebook and Twitter both purged over 800 popular alternative media pages on Thursday, in one of the biggest attacks on the free press in American history.
The Big Tech giants said in a statement that many of the affected pages were allegedly sharing links between groups using fake accounts – causing the pages to artificially boost their engagement numbers.
This “inauthentic behavior” violates Facebook’s anti-spam policies and goes against “what people expect” from Facebook, the company said.
Mark Zuckerberg just shut down 559 pages and 251 accounts — which include tons of massive independent media sites with millions of followers run by Americans — a few weeks out from the midterms.
Jack Dorsey followed it up by banning many of the same independent news sites and the journalists who ran them on Twitter.
The pages included The Free Thought Project, Press For Truth, Anti-Media, Cop Block, Filming Cops, Counter Current News, Right Wing News, Noisy Room, Gun Laws Don’t Work, Reverb Press, Nation in Distress, Clash Daily, Voluntaryist Veterans and many more.