This is August Landmesser, a worker at the Blohm+Voss shipyard in Hamburg, shown here in 1936 conspicuously refusing to perform the Nazi salute with the other workers. He was imprisoned and eventually, he was drafted into penal military service, where he was killed in action. /2 Image
August Landmesser, and especially this picture, have become symbols of individual resistance against tyranny, especially against industrialised fascism. So why am I posting this now? /3
Facebook, who is negotiating with the Australian right wing Government over access to the Australian market, suddenly chose to review a post I made in 2015, of this photograph and an explanation of August Landmesser and why he was important. /4
Facebook, after 6 years, has decided that this posting was offensive. They claim to have standards to prevent and disrupt "offline harm." Note that they clipped off the text of my post explaining the significance of the important photograph. /5 Image
So how did they reach the conclusion that opposing fascism was "offline harm"? They say they use global "community standards." Presumably, as fascism takes over the world, Facebook has chosen to stamp out any pockets of resistance - even if historical. /6 Image
How do they come to define a photograph of August Landmesser as endangering the rise of fascism? They state that they don't allow praise or support of dangerous individuals... even if they were killed by a murderous regime - a step usually regarded as adequate suppression. /7 Image
They gave me a chance to appeal their decision, which I accepted... /8 Image
Only to find they were lying. There is no appeal. They stamp out anti-fascism where-ever they see it, with no right of reply and no redress. The mass media generally fight to be on the wrong side of history, and Facebook is fighting to be the worst of the worst of them. <end> Image

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