The day democracy died In New Zealand

The day democracy died In New Zealand

Facebook removes Advance NZ page for ‘repeated’ misinformation about 



15 October, 2020

Facebook has removed the Advance NZ/New Zealand Public Party page for “repeated” violations of its misinformation policy.

The page was removed on Thursday afternoon, two days before New Zealand’s 2020 election. A spokesperson for Facebook told Newshub the site “does not allow anyone to share misinformation about COVID-19 that could lead to imminent physical harm”. 

“We have clear policies about this type of content and will enforce them regardless of anyone’s political position or party affiliation.”

Co-leader Billy Te Kahika Jr says he is “horrified beyond belief” at being de-platformed.

Te Kahika relies on social media to spread his views. The most recent political polls show his party at 1 percent – well below the five percent threshold necessary to enter Parliament.

“This is a cynical example of election interference by an American owned social media outlet that has no business performing any such operation in our sovereign nation,” he said in a statement.

The party has previously made false claims that the Government forced through a law that made vaccination mandatory and then distributed “misleading and irresponsible” advertisements that doubled down on the misinformation.

Te Kahika also claimed that 5G could cause cancer – a claim he later falsely denied.

In a June appearance at the Akarana Yacht Club in Auckland, Te Kahika said: “We will live in a radiated atmosphere of 5G technology that destroys DNA, destroys and causes cancers in us, destroys our immune systems”.

He later denied saying anything of the sort, despite uploading a video of him making the claims on social media.

A study of the Facebook pages of the nine biggest political parties from Victoria University of Wellington found Advance NZ/NZPP to be the worst offender of fake news – with more than a third of their posts wholly or partially false.

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