Condemn Google and Facebook for fascist online purge against CPP and others
Over the past few days, big US online companies have carried out an online purge against the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and Filipino revolutionary forces and people. With these purges, they are effectively serving the US government’s drive to clamp down on democratic cyberspace and deny any opportunity for anti-imperialist and revolutionary dissent on the internet.
Without warning, online company Google has purged back-to-back the accounts of the CPP Information Bureau and its Chief Information Officer Marco Valbuena, resulting in loss of data and other information. We have also received that revolutionary forces in other regions have lost their email accounts, along with their blogsite and Youtube channels.
At the same time, Facebook has removed the social media accounts of the revolutionary forces in Bicol, Negros and others denying them of means to communicate with their constituencies, promote their views on current issues, and share information with the public. The official Facebook account of National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Chief Political Consultant Prof. Jose Maria Sison has been disabled since last month.
For certain, the coordinated purge by Google and Facebook is being carried out in active collusion with the National Task Force-Elcac. We fear that with the connivance of the NTF-Elcac, Google and Facebook will soon go after organizations, personalities and media outfits that are being red-tagged by the NTF-Elcac.
With Duterte’s draconian “Anti-Terrorism Law,” the NTF-Elcac, together with the military and police have heightened efforts to censor progressive and revolutionary ideas, including the recent attempt to remove revolutionary and progressive literature from school libraries.
By purging the CPP and its allies from their services, Facebook and Google can anticipate the further proliferation of fake news and disinformation on their platforms, especially those circulated and promoted by the NTF-Elcac, the military, police and other agencies of the Philippine government.
In the past, the CPP and other revolutionary forces, as well as legal democratic organizations, have been actively challenging the lies promoted by the NTF-Elcac on the internet. Recall recently how the military used Facebook to circulate disinformation to cover-up the massacre of Lumad teacher Chad Booc and four other companions in New Bataan, Davao de Oro.
These acts of fascist censorship by Google and Facebook expose the hypocrisy of these big social media companies as platforms for “freedom of expression.” In carrying out their purge, they serve as judge of what they will allow and what they will take down using blanket authority.
In fact, both Google and Facebook are purveyors and beneficiaries of the US “war on terror” having received government contracts with the US Pentagon, including those on weapons research and development. Like the US imperialists, they denigrate anti-imperialist revolutionary forces as “terrorists.”
The Filipino people must condemn and oppose the intensified cyber crackdown against those who challenge the lies promoted by US imperialism and the Philippine fascist butcher Rodrigo Duterte over the internet.
The CPP and all revolutionary forces will continue to utilize and maximize all available platforms on the internet to promote the people’s patriotic and democratic aspirations. The Philippine Revolution Web Central (https://cpp.ph), the website of the NDFP (https://ndfp.org) and other websites will continue to provide timely news and information and all statements from the CPP and allied organizations of the NDFP.