Friday, September 11, 2020

Google, Facebook reject communism-related ads: The case of KNE Festival

It is more than obvious that multinational tech monopolies, such as Google and Facebook, aren’t friendly towards communist ideas. There have been plenty of cases where social media giant Facebook has blocked posts and pages that feature the sickle and hammer symbol or propagandize anti-imperialist policies.

According to an article published today in portal, Google and Facebook have recently rejected advertisements promoting the Festival of the Communist Youth of Greece (KNE), in what seems to be another incident of anti-communist discrimination. 

The ads are rejected under the pretext of being “political advertisement” related to “social issues that may influence the outcome of an election or relate to existing or proposed legislation”. Even more ridiculous, the Festival’s ads have been blocked because they may promote “the use of a recreational drug”! (It is a totally ridiculous pretext because KKE and KNE are long-time staunch opponents of drug culture). 

As 902 points out, this is not the first time that the world of internet and social media is proved to have limitations for the communists and the communist movement. “Furthermore, it is another example which reveals the suffocating control of the internet by imperialist organizations, the states and the business giants they serve”, adds the article. 

The 46th KNE-Odigitis Festival, under the slogan “Socialism, for us to breathe freely, for life to be victorious”, seems to be a thorn in the eye for all those who serve the bourgeois interests by crushing the rights of the youth and the people. Google, Facebook and all these monopolies which are dedicated to the safeguarding and promotion of capitalist “values” couldn’t be an exception.

The central events of the KNE-Odigitis Festival, the largest political youth festival in Greece, will be held according to all necessary protection measures, on 17, 18, 19 September at the University campus of Zografou in Athens. 

The events will peak on Saturday 19 September with the speech of the General Secretary of the CC of the KKE Dimitris Koutsoumbas and a musical tribute to the late composer Thanos Mikroutsikos with the participation of renowned artists.