Facebook vs. Khokhloma

Kokhloma is a traditional Russian decorative style painted usually on wood. It has the misfortune of being phonetically similar to the word “Khokol” (a pre-modern ethnic designation meaning “Ukrainian”, now considered derogatory).

Khokhloma makes Facebook algorithms go crazy. A man posting a picture of a rocket decorated in Khokhloma style was Zucced for his post.

Another reason why you should avoid using Facebook for communication. It does not understand the nuances of language and culture.

You Tasted Life Without Facebook, How Was It?

Yesterday, Facebook and other related services when out for like 6 hours. And it was beautiful. Why does New York Times present this as a tragedy?

I personally do not care what happened to Facebook employees. If you are Facebook employee, you should be ashamed but when read that businesses were cut off from customers…

My friends, if you have a business, a society, a political party, or campaign. Reliance on Facebook is the worst situation you can be in. It is only good when the machine works to your favour. Once it doesn’t, this reliance becomes hell.

This will teach you…

Followers of a Russian Football Coach get Zucced on Facebook for Mentioning his Name

The coach of the Volgograd Rotor Football club says he is suing Facebook because apparently, people that tag is name in comments get a one week Zucc.

Dmitry Khokhlov has a surname that is derived from the word “khokhol”, a pre-modern designation for “Ukrainian”, for instance Nikolai Gogol, the writer, referred to himself as “khokhol”. Today however the word is often used pejoratively. Some very smart person in Facebook therefore thought banning the entire word would somehow make Facebook a better place.

Now the algorithm bans anyone using that word. Including when addressing Mr. Khokhlov. I personally think that suing Facebook is a waste of energy. The public must be aware that Facebook is not a platform, where you can safely engage in discussion of whatever topic. You never know where the Zucc is gonna come from. I personally was zucced for a photo of Joseph Goebbels, that was caption with the words: “the media are behaving like Goebbels now.” You cannot have satire on that website, and a historian trying to discuss the Nazi regime would as well be banned for that photo.

When I was still on Facebook, I was Zucced for a photo from the Bengal Famine. It should have dawned on me then that Facebook is rife with ridiculous censorship and not a platform that is friendly to its users. Imagine being treated like this in any offline setting, these people would soon be out of business.

Any public figure needs to have a website and encourage his followers to go there for information first instead of relying on Facebook.

Anatoly Shariy Gets Zucced on Facebook for Sharing Black Sun Cover With Protasevych – AGAIN!!!

Well, what was I saying on this blog? Ahh, sharing the cover of the Black Sun Azov magazine cover with Protasevych will earn you a Zucc. I am still amazed you people use Facebook…

Anatoly Shariy says he is again zucced, this time for a month for sharing the above. On Facebook my dear pumpkins, you cannot share the good stuff. I am amazed at how you people return to Facebook after they censor you once, or twice, it’s crazy! We need people like Shariy, who has millions of followers to stop using that site. They need to stop feeding the beast.

If Your Facebook Profile gets Tagged by Fact-checkers, Your Ass Will be Shadow-blocked

Facebook pretty much says that if you share too much alternative information, Facebook is not a friendly platform…

Starting today, we will reduce the distribution of all posts in News Feed from an individual’s Facebook account if they repeatedly share content that has been rated by one of our fact-checking partners. We already reduce a single post’s reach in News Feed if it has been debunked.

Your ass, dear Facebook user is now at the mercy of Facebook fact-checkers, and you might be of the impression that those are impartial people that have the common good in mind.

And do not be mistaken, I believe there are genuine purveyors of misinformation but do not ever believe that the fact-checkers always have good intentions. There will always be bias towards the official line, and that is totalitarian. Read this blog, and you will be informed.

I suggest you only post the mainstream media because despite them being the biggest purveyors of misinformation, they will likely never be censored. But I have a better suggestion, stop using a platform that is likely to censor you over things that should not be censored.

Black Sun Azov Magazine With Protasevych Will Earn you a Zucc

Guys, I do not understand what you all are still doing on Facebook. On Facebook, you cannot discuss certain topics, you might be be banned for absolute nonsense, and in Ukraine Facebook is literally moderated by Nazis.

So is it any wonder Facebook does not want you to see a picture of Protasevych on Azov Black Sun magazine? In 2016, my now defunct Facebook was mentioned on a list of Russian trolls compiled by Ukrnazis. So I am not surprised that I was blocked almost every month until that profile was mercilessly deleted. I am however surprised, Anatoly Shariy, who featured the above Zucc in his recent video, and called Facebook “a dump,” still uses it…

There is life after Facebook, and if the people cannot see your posts, what is the point of using it?

I am so Glad I am not on Facebook Anymore, Facebook Censorship is Disgusting

Guess what dear viewers, Facebook censored people who shared a photo of a man throwing a sieg heil at a neonazi demonstration held several days ago in Kiev, featured in this post, so says Anatoly Shariy…

I don’t have any reason to disbelieve Anatoly because, as was mentioned on this blog, neonazis moderate Facebook in Ukraine. Imagine I would still have a profile on Facebook and I would share my posts from this blog? It wouldn’t be safe, and I could be blocked. The people that shared this photo thought the public deserves to know but that I guess that goes against community standards. And I will add that this multi billion company is morally bankrupt, and you are better off not using it.

Facebook Blocked A Russian News Story About Arrested Ukrainian Nazi Partisans

Three neonazis in the Russian city of Voronezh were arrested by the police for spreading hateful propaganda…

However, a report about them in the Russian media was censored by Facebook because it said the radicals had links to Ukraine. They were basing this claim on information provided by an insider in the security forces. Facebook has blocked the Russian media report after an analysis done by their Ukrainian fact checkers, the Stop Fake group. I have already featured them on this blog once. Their integrity is impeccable.

The Stop Fake argues that in the official press release of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, there isn’t anything said about Ukrainian affiliation of the arrested, and that they were all Russian citizens. This however does not mean anything. It has to be noted that following the Maidan and the outbreak of military conflict in the Donbass, many Russian Neonazis, literal Hitler worshipers, went to exile to Ukraine because over there they can practice their love for Hitler without repercussions.

I have recently found, for instance, this Neonazi Black Metal group which migrated from Tver, Russia to Ukraine. They recently held a concert in Kiev.

Many of these types have served in Ukraine’s armed forces and they have veteran organizations. My knowledge about them only scratches the surfaces, the topic of Russian neonazis in Ukraine’s forces is a topic for a separate discussion.

But bottom line is that there aren’t just links between Ukrainian and Russian neonazis and an existence of a neonazi group in Russia with contacts in Ukraine is not something implausible.

Links of Stop Fake to Neonazis

Recently, the Ukrainian Soros funded publication Zaborana mentioned some cozy relationships between representatives of Stop Fake and radical nationalists:

One month earlier on June 2nd, Zaborona’s official Facebook page shared a publication about Denis Nikitin, a key figure among European ultra-right radicals, which the social network then blocked 18 hours later. Soon after, Facebook explained that the post was removed by mistake (assumingly, due to a photograph illustrating the material, in which a Ukrainian man wrapped in a swastika flag throws his hand in the Nazi salute) and reinstated it the next day. Zaborona decided to follow up on the incident and later released the material discussing alleged links of the fact-checking project StopFake to Ukrainian far-right and neo-Nazi organisations. Zaborona journalists explained their interest by the fact that after the removal of the Facebook post, some readers recommended to search for possible motives of the new fact-checking partner of Facebook in Ukraine– StopFake.org. On March 27th, Facebook indeed confirmed its partnership with StopFake and VoxUkraine to increase its fact-checking capacities on social network pages in Ukraine.

Zaborona eventually released material that first focused on Yevhen Fedchenko – the co-founder and chief editor for StopFake and director of the Mohyla School of Journalism at National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. It pointed out Fedchenko’s habit of taking political stances, speaking against freedom of the press and on one occasion even whitewashing the reputation of a Ukrainian far-right group C14 (Sich), Ukraine’s controversial group of far-right radicals, by singling out one of its members as his respected colleague. Fedchenko has also been accused of taking the side of Myrotvorets, or Peacemaker, a Ukrainian nationalist website that in 2016 doxed the personal data of more than 5,000 Ukrainian and foreign reporters with press passes issued by the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, labeling them “terrorist collaborators”. A closer look, however, reveals that Zaborona’s allegations seem to be taken out of context and might conceal more complex motives in explaining such statements.

Later the Zaborona report moves on to Marko Suprun, “the main face of StopFake” and the person in charge of the English-language StopFakeNews project on YouTube. According to Zaborona’s findings, Suprun has often been spotted in the company of Ukraine’s infamous far-right figures, notably Arseniy Bilodub, the founder of the far-right clothing brand SvasStone and the leader of the hatecore band Sokyra Peruna, and Andriy Sereda, the frontman of another controversial rock band Komu Vnyz. The material refers to photographs of Suprun spotted together with both Bilodub and Sereda, as well as other Ukraine’s far-right radicals, and cites the opinions of experts, who point out that StopFake has become “too politicised,” and that Marko Suprun’s friendship with the extreme right may affect the organisation’s image.

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Yevhen Fedchenko blocked me on Twitter after I shared information on Jakub Janda to him. Marko Suprun is the husband of the Ukrainian-American, former Minister of Health of Ukraine, Ulyana Suprun. I am not surprised a Ukrainian-American would hang out with neonazis since many of them are descended from fugitive Nazi collaborators, who were given shelter by the CIA as useful assets in the fight against the Soviet Union. It is without question that having not undergone any denazification, these people still adhere to radical nationalist ideals.

Earlier on this blog, Facebook hires a member of a radical nationalist party to police its website.

Meanwhile, EU vs. Disinfo is trying to say the information that information regarding Neonazis moderating Facebook is disinformation of the Kremlin and says there isn’t any evidence to make this claim. Nothing new, this blog already reported on instances of apologetics for Neonaziism in Ukraine made by that website.

Russia Slows Down Twitter

Roskomnadzor, the Russian agency that monitors and sanctions media has decided to slow down Twitter…

RIA Novosti reports that such a decision was taken because the website refuses to block illegal content. The moderators of Twitter have allegedly failed to remove 3,168 publications containing calls for suicide, child pornography and about the use of drugs.

That is, Roskomnadzor does not care that people with a pro-Russian opinion (see here and here) are massively being blocked by US social media sites, and they come up with a lame justification for why an American tech giant should have their work made more difficult in Russia.

I personally believe that American websites such as Twitter, Facebook, Google and YouTube ought to be blocked in Russia (a market of 150 million people) as an answer to US and Western sanctions. These billion dollar businesses would be easier to ban than food imports. It is not like Facebook is something you necessarily need for living.