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Facebook continues in his fight against disinformation and has closed the page of nationalist party New Zealander Advance NZ by diffusion of fake news about him coronavirus. The party has criticized the strict confinement measures imposed by the Labor Government Jacinda Ardern, whom you have accused of wanting to impose a mandatory vaccination, what the authorities have denial on various occasions.

Facebook closed the page when the founder of the party, Billy Te Kahika, which is presented as candidate a deputy in the legislative Saturday, he was doing a live broadcast. “We are not willing to allow anyone to share false information on our platforms about the covid-19 that can cause Physical damages imminent “, he pointed a Facebook spokesperson to the local RNZ portal. The social network, generally criticized for lack of control over the content that circulates, has multiplied the measures to fight against misinformation.

The decision it was condemned by Billy Te Kahika, who accused Facebook of interference in the electoral process. “Facebook has officially interfered with New Zealand elections 2020, (& mldr;) have finally executed their threats“he denounced in a video posted on his personal account. The candidate accused Prime Minister Ardern of be behind of Facebook’s decision. “We are not even in North Korea nor in China, but nevertheless that is the impression that the government gives, “he said.

The boom of the page

The same page was visited 5.3 million times between the beginning of June and the beginning of October, according to the CrowdTangle analytical tool. It is an impressive figure for a newcomer on the political scene of a country that has five million population. However, the interest in the page does not seem to have translated into voting intentions since a poll published on Thursday gave him only 1%.

Advance NZ was founded in July of this year to attend the Parliamentary election. He quickly established himself as a leading figure in the movement conspiratorial New Zealander and often posts content on social media with snippets of plot theories. In his speech, he usually defends the idea of ​​the existence of a “Deep state” and affirms that the health crisis would have been manufactured by governments to control to the population.

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