Correa says blocked Facebook page is an act of persecution, Facebook says he broke the rules

Apr 13, 2019

Facebook has blocked the page of former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa in what the former leader is lambasting as part of a “brutal persecution.”

Former president Rafael Correa

The page where Correa posted messages to his followers disappeared Thursday.

When asked about the page’s removal, a Facebook spokesperson said the social media company prohibits users from sharing private personal information like financial records that may “compromise the identity of people using our platform.”

Correa has been posting information online about an offshore bank account allegedly used by the brother of Ecuador’s current president, Lenin Moreno, to stash millions of dollars.

Moreno is Correa’s ex-ally-turned-nemesis and has not been directly tied to the account.

On Twitter, Correa said his page’s removal was “another show of desperation” over what he and others are dubbing the “INA Papers” scandal.

A Facebook spokesman denies Correa’s claim of persecution, saying that that the decision to take down the page had nothing to do with Ecuadorian politics. “There have been serious breaches of our personal privacy rules on the page and it was removed for this reason,” the spokesman said.

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