Does Facebook have a hand in Taiwan’s politics?

Photo courtesy of China Times.

KMT questions about Facebook’s conspiracy against them with “Green Terror” and interference into Taiwan’s political scene.

Taiwan’s current opposition party, Kuomintang or KMT, yesterday held a press conference to accuse that Facebook, under Mark Zuckerberg’s helm, is helping the current ruling party, Democratic Progressive Party or DPP, to oppress their Freedom of Speech.

On July 27th, 2017, the National Policy Foundation (NPF), commonly known as KMT’s policy think tank, called a press conference to claim that Facebook is responsible for collaborating with DPP to close down the accounts that regularly posted anti-DPP opinions.

“Does Mark Zuckerberg know this? It’s Green Terror!”

KMT questions Facebook’s stand point with “green” as it is DPP’s emblem color, while KMT’s color is blue.

Emblems of KMT (left, in blue) and DPP (right, in green).

“Facebook’s content policies are incomprehensible,” says Sun Lih-chyun, the chairman of NPF and former spokesperson of Taiwan’s central government.

“Their policies are so ambiguous that posting photos of good-looking persons is considered porn and opinions to dismiss Huang Kuo-chang (note: a politician from another opposition party considered as DPP-friendly) and then accounts are suspended.

“NCC (National Communications Commission) has to have something to say about this”, Sun stressed.

Sun also pointed out that Tang Feng, the digital head of the current Taiwanese government and Facebook’s Taiwan representative are obliged to explain their relationship with DPP legislators and their political preference.

“Facebook should change their logo color to green if they are supporting DPP,” says the head of KMT’s think tank.

“Does Facebook’s headquarters know about this?” William Tseng, a KMT legislator, questioned, “Facebook is losing their impartiality in Taiwan by banning neutral and pro-KMT postings.

“It’s like going back to the time when the national security agencies were watching us,” says Tseng.

Sun Chi-cheng, chairman of Greater Taipei Stability Power Alliance also told his own story. “My Facebook account was banned after posting messages about ousting Huang Kuo-chang. I registered another account and the new one got suspended the next morning.”

Sun, as admitted himself, then registered several accounts with different names and kept posting similar messages but got suspended again.

Wondering his IP address was blocked by Facebook, he wrote Facebook to complain that he was the chairman of an organization advocating the dismissal of Huang (note: for Huang’s supports to same-sex marriage). Later his last account was returned, says Sun.

As several other KMT opinion leaders protested for Facebook banning their accounts and “driving backward for fifty years in freedom of speech”, or “setting up a labor camp of expressions”, China Times, one of Taiwan’s major newspapers known for its pro-China position, use the full front page this morning to support KMT’s accusation.

“Facebook’s Green Terror”, China Times on July 28, 2017.

Well, this is not really a news report so you may want to take it with a grain of salt. I tried not to add my own judgment between the lines, so it’s your decision to see how KMT’s think tank is working and how people would think about their ability to survive in the digital age.

Personally I don’t like Facebook’s content policy and have written several articles to persuade people to steer away in terms of serious content creation. However I think KMT has got it wrong and Mark is not going to give it a darn.

He never did.

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