Greece’s Minister of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights, Stavros Kontonis, sharply criticized Facebook for “censorship” after the social media platform removed and temporarily blocked Mpogiopoulos’ account. Several days ago Facebook removed an article about a massacre in the village of Kandanos in Western Crete and the killing of about 180 of its inhabitants on 3 June 1941 by a Greek journalist Nikos Mpogiopoulos, Keep Talking Greece reports.
Facebook took down the article “What did you do in Kandano, Mr. Kassidiaris” and blocked access to the account of left-wing journalist Nikos Mpogiopoulos for 24 hours.
The article was published on website Imerodromos and posted also on its Facebook Page. The article was accompanied by a historical picture showing the bodies of several locals executed by the Nazis in the village of Kondomari on the island of Crete on 2. June 1941. Mpogiopoulos’ article was criticizing the far-right extremists of Golden Dawn party for hailing Nazism and Hitler.
The picture was immediately removed with the notice “it may show violent or tough content.”
“The blocking of a Greek journalist’s article by Facebook constitutes a serious offense to the freedom of information process, it is preventive censorship,” Kontonis said earlier in Luxembourg before briefing his European counterparts and the EU Commissioner on the issue.
EU Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs are meeting on 4 and 5 June 2018 in Luxembourg to discuss various topics including insolvency, contract law, and parental responsibility. Jointly, home affairs and justice ministers also discuss the draft legislation on e-evidence.
During the EU Justice and Home Affair Council meeting, Kontonis reportedly launched a fierce attack against Facebook saying that the censorship was unacceptable as it muzzles the historical memory on Nazi atrocities in Kandano and [hides] the neo-Nazi ideological background of the far-right party Golden Dawn.
As it was reported earlier, against the scandal with data leak of 50 million users and the use of it by Cambridge Analytica Company, Facebook reported on the simplifying of the privacy settings.
Zuckerberg reported on Cambridge Analytica scandal at EU Parliament to explain this incident in May. He apologized for the scandal on data leak of more than 87 million users at the European Parliament and promised to improve the confidentiality system of the social network.
On April 10, Zuckerberg has already testified in the hearing at the U.S. Senate.