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Supposed Reason Behind SouthFront’s Ban On Facebook Revealed

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Supposed Reason Behind SouthFront’s Ban On Facebook Revealed

ILLUSTRATIVE

On April 5, Facebook released a report that includes the supposed (formal) reason for the censorship of SouthFront’s work. In its “April 2020 Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior Report”, Facebook claimed that the big international team  authors and experts working under the brand of SouthFront: Analysis & Intelligence seeks to “mislead” the audience and exploit the COVID-19 pandemic to do so.

We know that people looking to mislead others — whether through phishing, scams, or influence operations — try to leverage crises to advance their goals, and the coronavirus pandemic is no different. All of the networks we took down for CIB in April were created before the COVID-19 pandemic began, however, we’ve seen people behind these campaigns opportunistically use coronavirus-related posts among many other topics to build an audience and drive people to their Pages or off-platform sites. The majority of the networks we took down this month were still trying to grow their audience or had a large portion of engagement on their Pages generated by their own accounts.

We removed 46 Pages, 91 Facebook accounts, 2 Groups, and 1 Instagram account. This network posted in Russian, English, German, Spanish, French, Hungarian, Serbian, Georgian, Indonesian and Farsi, focusing on a wide range of regions around the world. Our investigation linked this activity to individuals in Russia, the Donbass region in Ukraine and two media organizations in Crimea — NewsFront and SouthFront. We found this network as part of our internal investigation into suspected coordinated inauthentic behavior in the region,” the report claims.

The claims that SouthFront exploits the COVID-19 pandemic to push some kind of disinformation (misleading coverage) as well as that our international team of authors is based in Crimea are blatant lie. In order to push this claim, the Facebook report put SouthFront near another organization with alike name “News Front”. We took a look at this media and it’s in fact based in Crimea (contrary to SouthFront).

There is no secret in the fact that a few members of SouthFront are from Russia and other post-USSR states. Some of them sometimes visit or spend some time in Crimea, especially in the summer. This does not mean that SouthFront, as an international team of independent authors and experts, is based in Crimea or the SouthFront Steering Committee is located in Crimea. This is a blatant lie and we are ready to prove this in the court.

As to the COVID-19 accusations, apparently, the Facebook report meant 3 articles (of about 3,000 released since the start of 2020) that recently were mentioned by pro-NATO propaganda units. Tomorrow, we will publish a detailed look at these articles and their critique.

In spite of the false claims in the Facebook report, we want to say a big thank you to Mark Zuckerberg and his team for the explanation of the social network’s actions. We hope that other global social platforms and their staff still have at least a little bit of sense, conscience and an objective perception of the reality.

Sincerely yours,

The big team of SouthFront: Analysis & Intelligence

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  • Charles Homer

    As shown in this article, the first patient to die of COVID-19 in the United States occurred much earlier than originally thought:

    https://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2020/04/tracking-covid-19s-first-appearance-in.html

    This suggests that the virus was present in the United States not long after it made its first appearance in China in complete contrast to the narrative currently being promoted by Washington. The truth is out there, we just have to be determined to filter out the nonsense being promoted by the mainstream media.

    • cechas vodobenikov

      access requires curiosity….c19 is poorly understood. perhaps it will be better understood in another year

      • Vitex

        …and we’ll be under house arrest until then, and Amazon will own the entire planet.

    • JIMI JAMES

      So,the first death from corona commenced furing the first week or so in usa?
      What a packa useless tards cia+mi6 are fair dinkum these military complex units need begone!
      Can anyone here vy any factual proof that these facist clowns saved more lifes than lost?
      I though not!

    • Ashok Varma

      The sheer desperation that the US is trying to paint and demonize China points to the real guilty party, which is obviously the US which has history of illegal biological warfare dating back to the holocaust of Native Americans with blankets laced with small pox and other viruses.

      • Vidarr Kerr

        The small pox blankets is not true. They did not even know about viruses and microbiology back then –not even close.

  • good american

    Maybe that is why ZeroHedge doesn’t seem to have much problem with censorship these days. Did they learn their lesson when twitter booted them when they published covid information that wasn’t the ‘official’ version? Notice that everything ZeroHedge publishes since then ALWAYS follows the US blame China script now.
    Well, I hope SF keeps going as it is. It is a good outlet.

    • cechas vodobenikov

      ZH has been censored numerous times by FB, google, when it fails to conform to the ruling class narrative

      • good american

        Yes, my concern is that these days it’s become too accommodating to the ruling class narrative. The China virus articles sound like intelligence agency talking points/propaganda.

        • Ashok Varma

          China’s rise has been unprecedented for the deep state and Bilderberg corporations and had to be checked, but they failed and China along with rest of Asia and the One Belt booming economies will now be dominant. It is shame that Modi aligned himself with his Bilderberg sponsors as India will be marginalized as the One Belt by-passes it. Big beneficiaries are Iran, Turkey, Italy, Greece and Balkan nations where Chinese investment is already at its peak.

  • ZP

    These are just the whips of the Deep state (there has been many names like the cabal, the 0.0001%, etc, but lets face the facts? It is the rich against the poor), and the way they have been controlled by the Gov reminds on Mossad operation

    • JIMI JAMES

      Reminds more of their name by definition,ZERO HEDGE= blot,fake bonds,currency,commodoty
      blot,nothing worth noting to invest infact,unless your into blot,uttelrly useless facist fks!

  • Zionism = EVIL

    Actually, the Jew media is doing exactly what they accuse SF and other independent media of, the MSN is spreading total lies about Russia, China, Iran or any independent nation that stands up to their insidious agenda and blatant propaganda. And as the west and especially Americunts implode, these censorship tactics will get more desperate and overt.They are the ones using the Pimpeovirus aka corona to spread a global police state and restricting press and personal freedoms in the name of an emergency hoax. These Zionist Bilderberg cunts wants a totally compliant and censored media. It is time for the internet to be out of Jew hands and the malicious propaganda tools like Facebook, Youtube, Google etc.

    • советский фундаменталист

      i don’t think the virus is a hoax, its the Americans being spoiled brats thinking that everyone wants to take their freedoms. the thing is they never had freedom in the firs place

      • JIMI JAMES

        Yeah well theor hatred for communism by definition meaning community$ has had an inherit complex mental disorder in their own well being,by being so ignorant,dumb and simply like brain dead zombies from the cause their capitalism caused on communities!
        So much for are we the peoples,this explains why they are sqealing like littly miss piggys getting the erternal reefing up their ass,infact their are now proven to be amongst the biggest packa sex feminist genders soo uncomfoted,many changed sex!

        By reading comments sections,like most agree with their lamesteam medias,pathedic!

      • Zionism = EVIL

        I know the dumb Jew controlled Americunts live in the worst surveillance and NSA/FBI/CIA police state in the world and think they have freedoms, even academics are censored by Jew scum. The best way to beat these dumbasses at their own game is to diffuse and spread around SF and all independent media articles to all your friends. I have a mailing list of over a thousand people all around the world and we share all worthwhile alternate and independent media articles. Southfront has earned great credibility and the quality of its journalism and reports is first rate, considering it is independent journalism operating on a shoe string budget. They should be cooperating and collaborating with Press TV, Chinese Xinhua etc. There is zero chance that the Jew cunts can shut SF out, there is wide audience of people with brains who want to read free media and UNCENSORED version of events. Please do support SF and all free outlets. Fuck FACEBOOK, I was never on it anyway, it is front for the NSA and CIA to gather metadata anyway and profile the schmucks.

    • Codenamed ‘Gordon’

      The new editor of La Repubblica, the newspaper most widely distributed in Italy, is Maurizio Molinari, jew born in Rome.

  • Pave Way IV

    Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s Reich Minister of Propaganda: “Any time you have communities where people are congregating, you will see actors trying to target the public debate,” he said.

    This ‘thought leadership’ hero controls a team of 30,000 Facebook censors that help him weed out dangerous, incorrect public thinking.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/caf12975310b4c4154cab211c97867590f34cd569293601ea313fc78beb4ea16.png

    He swears he’s unbiased and not targeting nations – only ‘bad actors’. But the cowardly Gleicher will never touch the painfully obvious coordinated election-influencing Facebook campaigns run by Israel, Ukraine, or Saudi/UAE ‘bad actors’. See, some bad actors are just more equal than others…

    • Codenamed ‘Gordon’

      Facebook Youtube, Twitter…. are junk.
      I don’t understand why most people, news outlet, etc. are addicted to these software platforms.

      • Pave Way IV

        The actual size of their audience and the number they really influence are mostly figments of their own imagination, Codenamed ‘Gordon’.

        I have accounts on all of them because I had to at one time for some reason or other. Never wasted my time posting anything on them (rare exception: Twitter) and I have to imagine most other people are like that, too. Occasionally search for specific topics, but (like Google) I’m aware of the censored, .gov narrative-pimping returns and content.

        The number of ‘active’ big social media accounts whose users check them religiously for ‘truth’ (vs. cat pictures)? For U.S. audiences, probably about the same number that still watch cable news. Prime time audiences in the 25-54 age range for the four biggest networks? About a quarter of a million each for CNN, NBC, ABC and MSNBC, so one million out of 330 million Americans. And since the narrative-pimping and thought-control is exactly the same on all of them, it really doesn’t matter which network or ‘big’ social media outlet anyone watches. The biggest trend is people are leaving and/or ignoring ALL of them. Facebook claims 2.6 billion ‘monthly active users’. I went to check the dead NewsFront page but otherwise ignored Facebbook for weeks. I count as one of their active users – big deal.

        I know on the other side, much smaller sites like SouthFront depend on links/referrals from the big social media outlets. Censorship is always cowardly, but Facebook is just another business. It will end up in the dustbin of history like all its predecessors.

        • Vitex

          Well, think of it’s premise – it was founded by a nerdy guy who wanted to hook up with girls, and set about stealing people’s contact lists to do so. Emotional range of response = like / dislike. What’s not to dislike?

  • Doom Sternz

    We burnt 46 Witches at the stake, burned 91 books, and stoned to death 1 heretic.

    • JIMI JAMES

      I say it again,this I swear,there is no future in fascism nor feminism,both are capitalist killers!The tome adage cia/mi6 narratives are not new,but their tyranny in not needed!

    • goingbrokes

      Good points, but there is no free-market capitalism any longer, haven’t been for quite a while. And Fascist book doesn’t represent capitalism at all – I don’t know what to call a company that was set up with CIA seed money to create an internet surveillance app “free” for everyone! Part of state apparatus masquerading as a “company”.

  • Ilya

    I still post stuff, they don’t allow any unz stuff though. Even then, just fiddle with the address so people have to rejig it and it works for now. AI will kill that too soon though!

  • James Adams

    You are pushing conspiracy theories created by China. You need to be more neutral in your coverage because it is obvious you hold a Pro-Russian, Pro-Chinese, Pro-Iranian perspective. However if you have been falsely accused I hope you can clear your name.

    • Ashok Varma

      You sound like a typical brainwashed ugly American or a pretend one.

      • cechas vodobenikov

        no—if there is no brain it cannot be washed

    • Gay Jens Holm

      you like to suck penis James

  • Ashok Varma

    As the failed US state unravels, the more they will push for global censorship and try to shut down any truthful news agency, it is a lost cause as the US and the west are in eternal decline and India now has a bigger economy than the US after the virus destroyed its remaining economy.

  • qveenz

    Diffamation trial against ?

    • Ashok Varma

      Defamation Pucca English please.

  • Codenamed ‘Gordon’

    They forgot the signature
    written by Head of CIA Department, Langley

  • cechas vodobenikov

    the empire is desperate

  • YouTube Channel “South Front” was Removed on 5/1/2020 with 56M+ views, 151K+ subscribers, and 1907 videos (8 avail below):
    https://www.altcensored.com/channel/UCaV101EM1QayFkP0E7zwXCg
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c2bc54406d3e6bf42403597653e94c6ad10d733438d18e94a02ce7a86ae14f6d.jpg

  • cechas vodobenikov

    the truth must be hidden from insecure amerikan children—the Brit anthropologist Geoffrey Gorer, trained at the Sorbonne and Univ of Berlin wrote ethnographies on Russians and amerikans in the 1940’s and 1960’s —compared to soviet media and schools he described the censorship in amerika as “Ludicrous”…2 years ago, Georgi derlugian wrote, “amerikan academia is far more effectively censored than was soviet academia”. US supreme court justice, Potter Stewart wrote: “censorship reflects a society that has no confidence in itself”
    obvious–this is why USA loses all wars

  • igybundy

    The majority of the networks we took down this month were still trying to grow their audience or had a large portion of engagement on their Pages generated by their own accounts.

    says it all though… if you try to generate traffic for yourself, you are gone..

  • Cheryl Brandon
  • St. Augustine

    Pot calling the kettle black as per usual.