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Facebook deaktiviert katholische Wohltätigkeitsorganisation

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 A Catholic charity says it’s been censored and de-platformed by Facebook without explanation in connection with the group’s recent petition drive calling for greater efforts to stop the abduction and forced conversion and marriage of Christian women and girls in Islamic countries.

In London ansässig Hilfe für die Kirche in Not UK startete seine Kampagne Anfang November mit einer Reihe von Facebook-Anzeigen.

The organization’s effort was held in conjunction with the release of its new report, titled “Hear Her Cries,” Darin wird der grassierende und weithin ignorierte Missbrauch von Frauen und Mädchen, die Christen oder Mitglieder anderer religiöser Minderheitengruppen sind, durch islamische Extremisten in Nigeria, Mosambik, Irak, Syrien, Ägypten und Pakistan beschrieben.

Within a week, on Nov. 10, Facebook notified the charity that the social media giant was sharply curtailing the number of ads the group could post. The notice didn’t specify a reason.
“This is because too many ads were hidden or reported for ad accounts associated with this business. People hide and report ads because they find them to be offensive, misleading, sexually inappropriate, violent, about a sensitive topic or for other reasons,” the notice states.

 The picture shows the advertisement that Aid to the Church in Need UK posted on Facebook in support of the charity’s petition drive to help women and girls who are abducted and forced to convert and marry Islamic men. Courtesy of Aid to the Church in Need UK.
Die Wohltätigkeitsorganisation sagt, dass sie auch den Zugriff auf die Instant-Messaging-Plattform WhatsApp und Instagram verloren hat, die beide im Besitz von Facebook sind.

Seit der Verhängung der Beschränkungen habe Aid to the Church in Need UK vergeblich versucht, eine Erklärung von Facebook zu bekommen. Am nächsten kam die Gruppe einer Antwort in Form einer E-Mail, in der es hieß, dass die Angelegenheit geprüft werde.

“We totally understand the urgency on this matter and how important this is for you, but such situations require a detailed investigation and solution, and considering the circumstances, we can not offer a time limit,” reads the email, sent by “Alex” from “Facebook Concierge Support.”John Pontifex, the charity’s head of press and information, told CNA that Facebook’s action effectively “killed” the group’s petition campaign, which wound up garnering 3,210 signatures. That total was about one-quarter of what the charity anticipated, based on the results of a prior petition drive, he said. Pontifex delivered the petitions on Dec. 15 to Fiona Bruce, a Member of Parliament who is Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s special envoy for religious freedom.

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In einer Erklärung hat Neville Kyrke-Smith, nationaler Direktor von Aid to the Church in Need UK, Facebook für seine Aktionen verprügelt.
 “We are horrified that our campaign which aims to help suffering women has been censored in such a draconian manner,” he said.
“By claiming to have banned our advert for violating its guidelines, but refusing to say which guidelines or how, Facebook have made themselves judge, jury and executioner.”
Kyrke-Smith beschuldigte Facebook, den Missbrauch, den die Wohltätigkeitsorganisation zu stoppen versucht, unterstützt und unterstützt zu haben.
“By curbing this campaign, they are silencing these women twice over,” he said. “They are silenced when they are seized from their homes and forced to live with their abductors, and have now been silenced again by Facebook.”

Another human rights advocate focused on the problem of human trafficking and child marriage called Facebook’s actions toward Aid to the Church in Need “troubling.”
“Sadly, violence against women is a human rights abuse that transcends cultural, ethnic, and religious divides. Aid to the Church in Need’s work to stop sexual violence against women unifies and amplifies the voices of religious minority groups spanning Hindu, Yazidi, and Christian communities,” Laura Bramon Hassan, executive director of Philomena Project, told CNA.

“Facebook UK’s decision to attack this coalition for highlighting the plight of one group is perplexing and troubling,” she said.

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