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20 Sep 2020

Greenpeace USA

Facebook suspends hundreds of accounts associated with online event targeting Coastal GasLink pipeline

Hundreds of individual accounts linked to Indigenous, environmental, and social justice organizations were suspended from Facebook because they were co-hosts of an online Facebook event last May targeting KKR & Co. Inc., the new majority funder of the Coastal GasLink pipeline which would cut through sovereign Wet’suwet’en land. Those who were unable to post were notified that the suspension would last for three days and was a result of “copyright infringement.” Dozens of accounts have yet to be reinstated and groups say Facebook has not given a satisfactory explanation... Organizations whose accounts were blocked included Climate Hawks Vote, Greenpeace USA, Presente.org, Rainforest Action Network, Rising Tide North America, Seeding Sovereignty, Stand.earth, United For Respect, Wet’suwet’en Access Point on Gidimt’en Territory, Wet’suwet’en Solidarity UK, and many more. The groups ask that Facebook immediately restore access to all accounts, issue a full explanation, and to commit not to bow to corporate pressure designed to silence protest.

... Liz Marin, Tlux’shaa’du’stee of the Eagle/Wolf Clan, Member Leader with United For Respect, Former Toys’R’Us employee said: “While Indigenous folks are being put in harm’s way for defending our people and land we have corporations trying to silence dissent for their profit. This slippery slope needs to be stopped and those in charge held accountable. People need to know to what length big corporations are going to silence dissent..."

... Organizers with Wet’suwet’en Solidarity Team said: "This attempt by KKR to silence us will bring even more attention to the unjust, racist and wrongful actions KKR is taking by investing in the Coastal GasLink Pipeline. The fact that Facebook simultaneously allows white supremacists to organize on its platform but immediately bans the administrators and moderators from dozens of groups due to a complaint from a corporation, shows Facebook’s true colors."