After relaying thousands of “Je Suis Charlie” messages over the French terrorist attacks a few weeks ago, Facebook has agreed to censor images of Muhammad in Turkey, including the cartoons satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was attacked over.
This isn’t the first time Facebook has given in to requests for censorship. Last month, Facebook shut down a page calling for a demonstration supporting recently imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny because of pressure from the Russian government, according to The Verge.
The “Great Firewall” has also censored Facebook. The International Campaign for Tibet denounced the deletion of a self-immolating protester in Tibet and the locking out of a Chinese writer that posted pictures of a naked demonstration. Matteo Mecacci, the campaign’s president, said the actions are “worrying.”
Syrian authorities also blocked unwanted Facebook content. Motherboard reveals that the Assad regime blocked sensitive political pages by redirecting them to unknown pages, and by deleting the Like and Share functions.
The censorship even affects so-called democratic countries, according to the Time. Because India forbids criticizing of religion and the state, Facebook censored pages over 4,700 times. It also censored dozens of German, French and Austrian pages that committed the crime of denying the Holocaust.