Polish minister takes on Facebook

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Polish nationalists with a banner 'March of the Patriots, against Brussels occupation' during the 'March of Patriots' which is part of Polish Independence Day celebrations in Wroclaw, Poland, 11 November 2015.

Polish minister takes on Facebook


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Poland’s Deputy Justice Minister Patryk Jaki has criticised Facebook for reportedly blocking pages belonging to nationalist organisations and their members. He described this as censorship and said it was “outrageous”.

According to Radio Poland online, Facebook’s reported decision to block the pages comes ahead of Poland’s Independence Day, which falls on 11 November and is typically marked by marches organised by nationalist organizations and others in the country’s capital.

Tens of thousands annually take to the streets on the day, which has in recent years ended in outbreaks of violence and clashes with police.

Jaki criticised Facebook for allowing posts which he said are vulgar, offensive to the Catholic Church or refer to communist ideology while banning “Polish patriotic slogans”.

“Only one side of the political dispute is being harassed … Something is evidently not right with freedom and democracy,” Jaki said.

Meanwhile, Poland’s Digital Affairs Minister Anna Streżynska said: “In the case of Facebook, I am acting as I see fit and as is reasonable, within the law and my powers, to solve the problem rather than inflame it.”

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