Recently, media outlets and prominent supporters of Nicaragua’s Sandinista government accused Facebook of brazen censorship after dozens of accounts were disabled only one week before the country’s election. The social media behemoth, which also owns Instagram, had deactivated accounts belonging to a number of progressive journalists, as well as profiles belonging to important Sandinista news sites such as Redvolucion and Barricada.
As Facebook faces backlash for changing its corporate name to ‘Meta’ amid increased scrutiny over how the digital behemoth affects humanity, left-wing Greek economist and Progressive International co-founder Yanis Varoufakis blasted the corporation on Friday for brazenly stealing the name from an internationally renowned anti-capitalism think tank. Varoufakis fired a tweet at Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who unveiled the new name at a conference on Thursday, as the social media corporation faces significant criticism over its policies as a result of revelations from ex-employees-turned-whistleblowers. “Mr. Zuckerberg, keep your hands off our mέta, Our Center for Postcapitalist Civilization. Even if civilization struck you with a bargepole, you and your minions wouldn’t recognize it,” the former Greek finance minister, who serves on the think tank’s advisory board, tweeted.
Frances Haugen, a former Facebook employee, gained international attention after testifying before the US Congress on October 5, 2021, accusing the corporation where she formerly worked of everything from poisoning the brains of young American women to helping and encouraging wrongdoers across the globe. While Haugen has portrayed herself as a “whistleblower” who risked everything to disclose the powerful firm’s secrets, she was groomed and legally represented by a group run by former CIA insiders with deep connections to the US national security establishment.