Facebook concerned with China's propaganda ads - report

Friday, 02. April 2021 16:29

Facebook staff has raised concerns through internal message boards about China and its organizations using the platform and the advertising services for state propaganda purposes, especially promoting the wellbeing of the Uyghur Muslim ethnic minority, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing sources familiar with the matter.

The ads posted by Beijing don't violate the current policies of social media, as long the advertisers label the videos correctly and follow Facebook's rules. Therefore the company didn't take further actions yet, but decided to monitor international organizations, such as the United Nations, for any political developments.

Since Facebook is blocked in China, the ads target foreign audiences. China was accused multiple times of human rights violations in Xinjiang, but the videos posted through ad space portray happy Xinjiang farmers and children proclaiming that their lives are improving and that Western nations are intentionally slandering China.

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