We have seen that the election campaigns have changed over a period of time. Earlier, we used to see that politicians would go all out in doing rallies on roads and other speeches. Nowadays, however, we see that the campaign is divided between the offline and online audience. This means that while there are still rallies and campaign tours, we also see politicians engaging with their voters on social media. Talking about social media, one of the best platforms for the election purpose is Facebook. The reason is that Facebook has the widest range of people from young to old, men to women and their voices can be heard by the audience.
Talking about Facebook, we also know that parties tend to organize campaigns where people are encouraged to create groups for a particular candidate and show what he is promising to do in that group. Also, other voters are then invited or added to the group which can be termed as one form of propaganda. Due to this reason, it has now been revealed that Facebook has decided to shut down many of those groups known to be forming groups in support of a particular candidate. However, the controversy is that Facebook shut down groups from KMT’s presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu’s supporters only.
According to a report, Facebook deleted 118 fan pages, 99 groups, and 51 accounts which were in support of Han last week. Facebook did clarify that the specific properties were removed as the pages and groups had been found to be in violation of its guidelines. However, the company failed to mention the specific pages and groups and also the exact reason why they were in violation.
However, the real winner turned out to be Han’s campaign office which thanked his supporters, instead of blaming Facebook, for their online activities but also urged them to respect the rules of social media platforms such as Facebook in order to help safeguard Taiwan’s democracy.