Facebook has suspended 30,000 French accounts that were supportive of Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen on Friday.
Facebook Inc announced its intentions to suspend the accounts on Thursday, claiming the move was part of an effort to stop the spread of fake news ahead of the French elections.
However, critics argue that the suspension, just ten days before the hotly contested election, is designed to censor Marine Le Pen as her popularity continues to soar.
Facebook has come under extreme pressure from Germany and France recently as European leaders have suggested new laws and fines unless the social media giant quickly removes content they deem “alternative.”
Facebook has already rolled out a program in France to use third-party fact-checkers to combat so-called fake news in users’ feeds…