East StratCom disinformation claim:

The German government censors content on Facebook in order to ensure that Angela Merkel gets elected for her fourth term as the chancellor of Germany.

Documentation for claim

Period/date: 23. November 2016

Debunk claim:

In reality there is an ongoing discussion in Germany whether Facebook should be treated not as a technological company but as a media company. Its content should also come under more scrutiny due to the dissemination of fake news and hate speech – which does not mean censorship.

Documentation for the debunk

Additional information

This information is reported by Kremlin Watch (European Values think-tank), http:, wwweuropeanvalues net/kremlinwatch/ in Disinformation Review issue 49. The item is located at row number 25 in the report.

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