Jan 30, 2019

Facebook: Dissident republicans Saoradh take legal action

A political party representing dissident republicans is taking legal action against Facebook. Facebook says it cannot comment "As this is a legal matter" but confirmed it had received a letter of complaint from lawyers acting for the party. The solicitor said his clients believed the police and MI5 put pressure on Facebook to remove the pages because the party represented the views of dissident republicans. "Given the fact that the police and security service are known to monitor and intercept communications, I think it's implausible to believe other than the security service would have made representations to Facebook because no reasonable excuse has been given as to why our client's page has been taken down." Last March, Facebook said the content of the pages repeatedly broke its community standards and "Repeatedly posted content designed to incite animosity and hatred against minority groups".

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