The social media giant was accused yesterday of over-reacting after a comedian was told he couldn’t promote his show ‘Brexit Through The Gift Shop’. In order to clamp down on political interference on its platform, the US company has taken the drastic measure following the backlash it faced over supposed Russian interference in the US election. Creator of the programme and comedian Matt Forde was told that the title of his show breached new rules on advertisement concerning politics and “issues of national importance”.
Mr Forde was told that there was no way around the problem other than to remove Brexit from the title.
He told The Sun: “I’m flattered that they think I’m a greater threat to their users than the collapse of global democracy.
“Obviously what I forgot to do was offer Facebook the personal data of my friends and family.
“I realise my mistake and next time I want to run an ad, I’ll make sure that I bring skips full of secure data stolen from the public, plus a guarantee to help the rise of the far right across Britain and America.
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“I’ve never been censored before, and I’ve worked for the BBC.
“I never thought that in 2019 I’d have my freedom of speech restricted.”
Mr Forde has taken his sell-out Brexit show on a 26-date nationwide tour and has added a seventh in London.
Facebook insisted the word Brexit could be used in its ads but only by people who are authorised to do so.
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Facebook has faced widespread criticism after it emerged that the Kremlin had tried to influence the US elections and the EU Referendum by paying for ads on the platform.
The spotlight was put on the company after reports emerged that a company called Cambridge Analytica had apparently been employed to collect personal data of millions of Facebook users.
As a result of the scandal, Mr Zuckerberg was called to testify in front of the US Congress.
Despite the controversy it is still the largest social media website in the world with more than two billion users and recently marked its 15th anniversary.
Source : EXPRESS