On 26th of November, another important (more than 10K protesters) anti-government protest took place in Bucharest.
This looked like a regular protest for 2017, but this one had something peculiar: many Facebook users that had activity related to the protests (live videos, sharing, posts etc.) found their accounts blocked.
This is not the first protest that it is also promoted using social media (virtual events, live videos etc.).
Facebook put the blame for this highly unusual event on a technical glitch. However several dozens journalists or bloggers indicate that the real cause is related to being "reported":
Dozens of Romanians complained this week that they were no longer able to use or share ideas on their Facebook pages after posting or distributing comments related to the street protests organized in Romania last Sunday, November 26. Most of them said they were informed that their posts were labeled as “spam suspect” or that they apparently broke the community’s standards” by “incorrectly using” some instruments available on the social network.
Clearly, the issue is not clarified, but assuming that affected Facebook users are correct, I am wondering:
Question: Has Facebook’s (or other social network) block policy been abused to limit freedom of expression (e.g. within the proximity of political protests) inside European Union?
I searched for this and found only an example from Russia (or Ukraine).
I find this issue particular interesting because it might the first case of "hybrid" approach to political protests inside European Union.