Why Facebook barred Khaled Salah from disproving smear campaign?

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Tue, 30 Jul 2019 - 08:58 GMT

FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

CAIRO – 30 July 2019: Khaled Salah, Editor-in-Chief of private Youm7 newspaper has personally responded to baseless sexual accusations that was circulated by pro-Muslim Brotherhood platforms against him.

Some believe that the Facebook administration has become biased to the anti-Egyptian state groups, led by the Muslim Brotherhood, designated by the Egyptian state as terrorist since late in 2013.

Salah faced lately a smear campaign based on fabricated and false information and circulated by platforms close to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, the campaign was not barred despite containing harsh, violent language and being reported.

Mohamed Nasser, TV presenter in Mekameleen channel, known for destructive remarks against the Egyptian regime, in favor of a pro-MB agenda, displayed a police report revealing sexual abuses against a detainee named Khaled Salah Mostafa Abu Lamona.

The report was republished by Alaa Mubarak, son of former President Hosni Mubarak who was forced to step down amid angry protests in 2011. Alaa Mubarak has been recently issuing hostile remarks against some symbols of the regime as well.

Alaa's post was deleted after a short period for unknown reasons so far, while some assert that the Facebook Administration removed it for being fake news aiming at damaging the reputation of an individual without a proof.

In a Twitter post, the chief editor, has photographed his personal passport, showing his full name as Khaled Mohamed Salah Hassanen Ateya, a totally different name from that mentioned by the report that has not been so far verified.



The chief editor also published an obviously separate report that seemingly attempted to prove that Khaled Salah Abu Lamoona and Khaled Salah Ateya are the same person, claiming that Abu Lamona works as a news editor in Youm7 Newspaper. The report was dated 1999 as shown.

However, the report seems definitely fake as Youm7 newspaper has been founded in 2008

"I swear by Allah (God) you are [as dumb as] cows," Khaled Salah said, addressing those who have made the report. "If you want to fabricate [a story] put a correct name."

"Did Youm7 exist in 1999?! [Your are such sheep, sheep, sheep," Salah said, obviously referring to the Muslim Brotherhood group." The MB followers have been called by those against the group as "sheep" because they are huge in number, blindly follow the orders of their leaders, and can be controlled by their guides as easily as herds, according to the anti-group parties.

"I [vow to] never stop exposing you," Salah added.




Khaled Salah is the editor-in-chief and father of Egyptian influential daily Youm7; the paper was twice selected by Forbes Middle East as having the most effective news website in the Middle East.

Khaled Salah
Khaled Salah, editor-in-chief of influential daily Youm7


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