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Facebook accused of bowing to political pressure over Dutch nationalist pages
Facebook has taken down three popular nationalist Dutch websites in the last two months, prompting claims of political interference by the social network.
The three pages, titled 'Liefde voor Holland' (Love of Holland), 'Steun de PVV' (Support the Freedom Party) and 'Ik doe GEEN aangifte tegen Wilders' (I'm NOT filing a complaint against Geert Wilders), had attracted around 200,000 likes between them. Attempts to relaunch them were also taken offline after a short time, NRC reports.
Organisers claim Facebook has buckled to 'co-ordinated campaigns' by 'people who think differently'. Facebook's guidelines say pages will be taken down if they contain offensive material, but the company denies that it is influenced by political concerns or the number of complaints it receives about a page.
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