Forbidden to talk about “orcs” and war? The Lithuanian authorities turned to Facebook | Business

Lithuanian users who comment under Facebook posts on the topic of Ukraine or who write such messages themselves have been complaining about the policy applied by the social network for some time.

Sometimes posts with images of war are simply blocked – they don’t necessarily have to be very cruel, says business consultant Justas Gavėnas. The man said he shared it on the Internet walking posted a video of Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine being stationed in real pig pens – a place meant for raising pigs – but it was quickly taken down.

This week, two well-known public figures – Andrius Tapinas and Skirmantas Malinauskas – expressed their indignation at Facebook’s policy. The men’s posts about the war in Ukraine were also deleted.

The government assures that it has already discussed this with the managers of the social network.

Marius Gurskas, representative of the Government Chancellery 15min said that recently there have been comments in the public space in which well-known public figures of the country and active Facebook users criticized the company managing the platform “Meta” for blocking their profiles and comments.

“While cooperating on strategic communication issues with representatives of Meta, during the meeting with Meta, the Government Chancellery drew attention to the existing problem, when Facebook blocks users for a certain number of days, their posts in Lithuanian, possibly by mistake, when the content of the messages is treated literally without a deeper context.