Users complained that Facebook blocked their attempts to share stories published by popular anti-establishment blog Zero Hedge, citing the violation of community standards, ‘abusive’ content, and ‘errors’ among the reasons.
“Over the weekend, we were surprised to learn that some readers were prevented by Facebook when attempting to share Zero Hedge articles,” the publication wrote on Monday, calling the practice an “arbitrary act of censorship.”
According to the blog, “virtually every attempt to share or merely mention an article, including in private messages, would be actively blocked” by Facebook with the explanation that the content breached the social network’s community standards.
Some users on social media reported experiencing problems while trying to share Zero Hedge’s stories on Facebook.
“Facebook has outright banned all posting of Zero Hedge links,” right-wing commentator and host Paul Joseph Watson has tweeted.
Zero Hedge said that it didn’t receive any notice from the tech giant, and its attempts to reach out to Facebook “have so far remained unanswered.” The publication noted that some of its content may have been flagged by “triggered” readers. It also suggested that the Silicon Valley-based company may have decided to pull the plug on Zero Hedge as retribution for publishing stories critical of Facebook.