An allegedly antisemitic Facebook group has disappeared after a number of its posts were highlighted by activists behind the ‘JeremyCorbyn4PM’ Twitter account. A similar post was also made on Facebook:
Within a couple of days of the warning tweets the page could no longer be accessed, with Facebook returning a message that it had been deleted or its privacy settings had been changed – and Momentum tweeted news of its deletion:
However, a very short time after Momentum’s celebratory message went out the Facebook page was accessible again.
Britain is the People is a Facebook page rather than a group and the images were posted to the page by its owners, so this is not a question of a third party managing to slip an occasional post past busy group moderators as may have been the case with some of the Facebook posts used by the mainstream media.
Much of the traffic on the page is fairly ordinary anti-Tory or pro-Labour material, but troubling posts appear fairly frequently, including some found during the SKWAWKBOX’s visit to the page that were arguably worse than those used in the warning tweets.
The raised awareness of the page resulted from a joint effort by various pro-Corbyn accounts. The initial tweets and Facebook post were created by Momentum and the JeremyCorbyn4PM account and were shared by well-known activists like Michael Walker, EL4C and others, as well as by more mainstream figures like Owen Jones.
But the celebration of its disappearance was premature, as the page now appears to be back in full swing. Pro-Corbyn groups and individuals helped to raise awareness of the issues with the page and may have resulted in its temporary disappearance, but the warning to Facebook users who may have joined the group without realising the nature of some of its content is still as relevant as when it was first made.
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