By Ayman El Kaissi
Social networking site Facebook is facing heavy criticism after removing major atheist pages.
Facebook removed more than six Arabic-speaking atheist pages due to “violations” of Community Standards in the middle of April, reports The News Hub.
However, this was not the first time that the social networking site censored atheists and freethinkers in the MENA region.
Following the matter, the Atheist Alliance – Middle-East and North Africa (AA-MENA) demanded that Facebook changes its way of addressing violation reports in order to preserve members’ freedom of speech.
Ten Arabic-speaking atheist groups were deactivated in February 2016 for the same reason : heavy reporting campaigns that are organized by “cyber jihadist” fundamentalist Islamic groups, especially for the removal of any anti-Islamic group or page.
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