Facebook bans journalist Ford Fischer from posting links as he attempted to share YouTube censorship article

Facebook has been increasingly sanctioning its users for sharing links this year.


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Facebook has blocked independent journalist and Filmmaker Ford Fischer of News2Share from posting links for 60 hours after he attempted to share a Reclaim The Net article about YouTube censorship. Fischer wasn’t given any warning and was automatically and instantly blocked as soon as he attempted to share the link.

The article that Fischer attempted to share, 2019 was a low point for YouTube and demoralizing for creators, documents YouTube censorship, leaks that have exposed YouTube bias, and the controversial policies YouTube has introduced in 2019. Fischer’s News2Share channel being demonetized on YouTube after it introduced its controversial “hate speech” rules is one of the stories featured in the article.

Ford Fischer being blocked from sharing a Reclaim The Link article and restricted from sharing links for 60 hours on Facebook
Ford Fischer being blocked from sharing a Reclaim The Link article and restricted from sharing links for 60 hours on Facebook
Ford Fischer being blocked from sharing a Reclaim The Link article and restricted from sharing links for 60 hours on Facebook
Ford Fischer being blocked from sharing a Reclaim The Link article and restricted from sharing links for 60 hours on Facebook

Fischer added that this is the first time Facebook has ever suspended any feature for him.

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Ford Fischer writing that this is the first time he’s ever had any of his Facebook features suspended (Facebook - Ford Fischer)
Ford Fischer writing that this is the first time he’s ever had any of his Facebook features suspended (Facebook – Ford Fischer)

Facebook hasn’t explained why the link was automatically blocked or why attempting to share it is punished with a 60 hour suspension. However, the company has increasingly restricted what users are allowed to share on the platform in 2019.

Update – December 17, 2019: Fischer said his link sharing ban has extended to actions such as sending links in private messages (PMs) and sharing links from his News2Share Facebook page to his personal page.

Ford Fischer being blocked from sharing a link from his News2Share Facebook page to his personal Facebook profile
Ford Fischer being blocked from sharing a link from his News2Share Facebook page to his personal Facebook profile
Ford Fischer being blocked from linking to his Patreon in a Facebook PM
Ford Fischer being blocked from linking to his Patreon in a Facebook PM

Tom Parker

Tom Parker is a head contributor for Reclaim The Net and provides news and analysis on how we can promote free speech, stop censorship, and protect our personal data online. [email protected]