Facebook’s parent company, Meta, suppressed a Sunday publication by Ethiopian Prime Minister (PM) Abiy Ahmed that called on Ethiopians to “bury” the soldiers of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
Facebook said it had suppressed Abiy Ahmed’s message urging Ethiopian citizens to rise up and “bury” Tigray’s rival forces that are now threatening the capital as the war in the country escalates.
As a matter of fact, it appears that the PM’s message last Sunday violated the platform’s policies against incitement and support of violence, Associated Press spokesperson Emily Cain of Facebook’s parent company, Meta, told the Associated Press. It was withdrawn on Tuesday morning, she said. “The obligation to die for Ethiopia belongs to all of us,” Abiy wrote in part in the deleted message.
In connection with the suppressed publication, he urged to point out that the Ethiopian government has been at war for a year with the TPLF, which dominates national policy before taking office in 2018. The Abiy government this week declared a state of national emergency with broad powers of detention in the country.
In September, the U.S. State Department condemned a speech by Abiy’s advisor who compared the Tigray rebels to the devil and said they should be “the last of their kind.”
In the past, Facebook has already suppressed publications from leaders, including a video of former US President Donald Trump linked to the violence that took place on the Capitol in the United States.
Source : Koaci / Mensah – KOACI Permanent Correspondent in Ghana, Togo and Nigeria – Contact the Togolese editorial staff at koaci.com (+228) 98 95 28 38 or email@example.com