Facebook overturns deletion of SGP anti-war video after widespread protest | #socialmedia

After thousands of people protested on social media for a week against Facebook’s deletion of an anti-war video by the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party, SGP), the tech company has restored the video. This marks an important success, but it also raises fundamental political questions.

Facebook deleted the video titled “No Third World War! Against the Ukraine war, NATO aggression and German rearmament!” on Saturday, March 26, without giving any reason and without the possibility of appeal. The SGP also received no response to its request to restore the video immediately and to respect the party’s constitutional rights.

The deletion was undoubtedly an act of political censorship. The video contained no hate speech, did not violate any law, and did not breach any community policy. It was removed for purely political reasons in order to silence those who oppose the deafening war propaganda and the danger of a nuclear world war. The video unequivocally condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine but also shows how it was provoked by the countless wars of the NATO powers and the military encirclement of Russia.

Above all, the video explains the program of international socialism, which provides the only way to end the war and prevent a catastrophe. If the international working class does not intervene independently and build an international movement against war and capitalism, a world war is inevitable.

After the video had been viewed over 20,000 times within a few days, Facebook decided to block it. The aim was to suppress the SGP’s independent anti-war policy and intimidate the broad popular opposition to war.

It took over a week for Facebook to restore the video and with it the close to 100 comments and almost 200 responses it generated. This decision was undoubtedly a reaction to the massive support that the SGP received.

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