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Correa is moving his fan page to Russia

Shut down twice by Facebook, former president Rafael Correa is relocating his online fan page to the Russian social media platform VK, or VKontakte. The Saint Petersburg-based service is known for its low threshold of posting rules.

Rafael Correa in his apartment in Belgium.

Facebook removed Correa’s second fan page last week, administrators claiming it violated rules of personal privacy that prompted the removal of his first fan page in April.

The former president blasted Facebook for violating his freedom of speech and claimed it was bowing to pressure from the U.S. government and President Lenin Moreno. “I am pleased to report that we are escaping the unjustified censorship of Facebook by relocating to the VK social network,” Correa wrote Tuesday on his Twitter account.

Little known outside of Russia, VK has an “open policy” for allowing personal attacks and pirated videos on its pages. The site has been banned in several countries, including the Ukraine, which claims the Russian government has used it to attack members of its government with “fake and doctored” videos. The site was also blamed by some cyber experts for attempting to meddle in last month’s EU parliamentary elections.

Correa supporters say they will broadcast comments by Correa Saturday morning at 10 on a non-fan Facebook page, Citizen Revolution Movement Belgium. In the broadcast, Correa will provide more information about his VK fan page.

6 thoughts on “Correa is moving his fan page to Russia

  1. “known for its low threshold of posting rules”

    That is true, unless of course you are criticizing Putin or his cronies:

    “On May 3, Shadrin had taken to VK, Russia’s Facebook equivalent, to write: “Putin is a real f***wit, not an incredible one.” Ten days later, police came to his home with a summons.”

    https://www.rferl.org/a/the-whole-hog-new-russian-law-aims-to-put-kremlin-s-critics-to-pasture/29981103.html

    So, I think VK is the perfect platform for Correa’s fan page, since Correa wouldn’t dare bite the hand that feeds him.

    1. That has nothing to do with VK. If he would have written the same thing on FB, the police would have visited him as well.

      1. OK, but how do you think VK will respond to posts made by foreigners outside of Russian who are critical of Putin and his cronies? I am quite sure that the posts will be removed by the technicians of VK and the user accounts closed permanently. My point is posting rules do apply on VK site thanks to the new gag law.

        P.S.
        We know all about gag laws and persecuting social media users here in Ecuador thanks to Rafael Correa. That fact and Correa’s work for Russia Today makes this new announcement all the more ironic.

        By the way if you haven’t read it, I recommend reading the following article. There is even a Russian translation.

        https://cpj.org/reports/2018/07/U-turn-moreno-steers-ecuador-away-correa-media-communication-law.php

  2. Observing Correa agonizing over censorship is deliciously ironic and hilarious since he was famously doing the censoring when he was in power. Only a narcissistic sociopath like Correa would attach a private company like Facebook insisting they violate human rights just because he can not get his way. Now Correa is resorting to a site that is the bottom of the barrel that uses attacks with bogus and fabricated stories (fake news). He might think that this is a clever move but his credibility will go farther down the drain. Hopefully the people of Ecuador will see through this manipulative behavour and not believe his fabricated stories.

    1. As a matter of political analysis, there remains a faction in Ecuador comprised of militant Correistas who will not give up their blind faith in their (sic) infallible leader. They may number as much as 20-25% of the electorate. In some regions their concentration propels them into office as seen in the recent local elections. In national elections, they cannot likely muster a majority but are a potential spoiler if they form a coalition with or against any particular group or candidates.

      Correa is everything you described and more. He systematically cultivated a cult of personality through control of the media and clever use of charisma and populist themes. Whether his actions were altruistic or narcissistic, it should no be argued that he left a big mess behind in terms of failed public works projects, debt and corruption.

      But try to get a Correista to admit their hero has faults or is wrong about a single point of argument and see what happens.

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