by Yael Grauer @TechCrunch
在民主國家過度寬鬆的內容管控導致假新聞、假帳號等虛假資訊以 “言論自由” 之名四處泛濫; 而配合威權傾向政府的內容管控則壓制了真正的言論自由，讓真實的資訊無法的到傳播。Facebook 現在處於一個非常艱難的處境，也讓其用戶來源各國社會頭痛不已。
孟加拉在 2018 年 12 月 30 日進行大選， 在這種有威權主義傾向的 “民主” 國家，接近選舉的時刻正是國家機器出動開始宣傳戰的時刻。
Elections are often a critical moment for oppressive behavior from governments — Uganda, Chad and Vietnam have specifically targeted citizens — and candidates — during election time. Facebook announced just last Thursday that it had taken down nine Facebook pages and six Facebook accounts for engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior in Bangladesh. These pages, which Facebook believes were linked to people associated with the Bangladesh government, were “designed to look like independent news outlets and posted pro-government and anti-opposition content.”
另一方面，孟加拉政府也開始打擊任何反對政府的聲音。2018 年 7 月一起嚴重交通事故導致了民衆大規模抗爭，要求政府加強交通安全規範。許多參與者也在社交媒體上發布記錄抗爭的影片和相關資訊。
孟加拉執政黨對抗爭者及其支持者進行了各種騷擾、暴力攻擊、甚至囚禁。有些學生被執政黨的學生分支成員強迫在面前登入 Facebook 帳號、只要發現有 “問題” 就被毆打和/或送交警方。有些人甚至在囚禁期間遭到虐待。
Although there were many images of Bangladesh Chhatra League, or BCL men, committing acts of violence on students, none of them were arrested. (The BCL is the student wing of the ruling Awami League, one of the major political parties of Bangladesh.)
Students were forced to log into their Facebook profiles and were arrested or beaten for their posts, photographs and videos. In one instance, BCL men called three students into the dorm’s guest room, quizzed them over Facebook posts, beat them, then handed them over to police. They were reportedly tortured in custody.
Facebook 在各地都遭到了濫用。在柬埔寨它們移除了批評柬埔寨首相的貼文; 在越南它們也統一配合政府監控和刪除內容; 在緬甸被用來散布詆毀羅興亞人 (Rohingya) 的內容，助長了對羅興亞人的大規模暴力行爲。
Facebook has removed posts critical of the prime minister in Cambodia and reportedly “agreed to coordinate in the monitoring and removal of content” in Vietnam. Facebook was criticized for not stopping the repression of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, where military personnel created fake accounts to spread propaganda, which human rights groups say fueled violence and forced displacement.