On Election day in Syria evidence has come to light that Facebook has been running advertisements from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who just last week faced accusations of war crimes at the UN Security Council.
In response, activist group The Syria Campaign has launched a video and a petition website calling on Facebook to reject advertising money from the Assad regime and donate the revenue it has received so far to fund aid for Syrian children.
Anna Nolan from The Syria Campaign: “By accepting money for “promoted posts,” Facebook has provided a platform for the propaganda of a regime that has been at the heart of one of the world’s most brutal conflicts. The Facebook advertising has helpied President Assad’s ‘Sawa’ (or ‘Together’) campaign to garner over 200,000 ‘likes’ and reach millions more.”
The campaign is demanding that Facebook stop taking their ads, take down all of President Assad’s accounts, and donate the money they’ve received to aid for the more than one million refugee children who have fled to neighboring countries.
These are screenshots of several sponsored posts by Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s election campaign that prove Facebook explicitly authorised these adverts and took money from the regime.
The group has also launched a video featuring a young Syrian girl who is singing a song for freedom when her street is hit by a massive bomb blast.