“Without any prior warning, Facebook informed Press TV on Friday that its account had been shut down; for what it claimed to be the Iranian news channel’s failure to ‘follow our Community Standards,’” the outlet reported, calling the ban “yet another attack by the US-based social media giant on Iranian media outlets.”
‘We have already reviewed this decision and it can’t be reversed,’ said Facebook in a note; without specifying the so-called violations of its rules.
While the news agency said Facebook gave no indication of what specific posts violated its “standards;” it is not Press TV’s first run-in with the platform.
Earlier this year, the outlet’s page, which boasted some 4 million followers, was slapped with a ban with no “warning or explanation;” Press TV said. Strangely, though Facebook said the ban was “final;” the page was reinstated just a few hours later after an appeal from the outlet.ALSO READ:
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Some observers voiced suspicion after the earlier ban, noting it came on the same day then-US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; accused the Islamic Republic of harboring Al-Qaeda militants within its borders.
Press TV itself, meanwhile, suggested it might have stemmed from its own coverage of the “shocking post-election violence in the US;” after which thousands of social media accounts across several sites were sent down the memory hole; many without any apparent justification.
Press TV has also faced six different bans on more than one of its accounts on Google-owned YouTube; with the platform citing violations of its rules on several occasions; and most recently pointing to an alleged breach of “export laws.”
The outlet continues to be locked out of both its YouTube and Gmail accounts.
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