HUGE: Facebook purges 30,000 accounts to prevent unwanted influence in the French election

According to Newsweek:

Zuckerberg of Facebook
meets with the EU's Merkel
"Facebook said on Thursday it suspended 30,000 accounts in France as the social network giant steps up efforts to stop the spread of fake news, misinformation and spam. The move, which comes 10 days before the first round of a hotly contested French presidential election, is among the most aggressive yet by Facebook to move against accounts that violate its terms of service, rather than simply respond to complaints. Facebook is under intense pressure in Europe as governments across the continent threaten new laws and fines unless the company moves quickly to remove extremist propaganda or other content that violates local laws. The pressure on social media sites including Twitter, Google's YouTube and Facebook has intensified in the run-up to the elections in France and Germany."

With EU state governments threatening Facebook and Google with liability for whatever is on their servers, there are fair and valid reasons for Facebook and Google to want to crack down on those who wish to use their servers anonymously.

EU's Merkel and French candidate
Macron enjoying a posh little meeting
Unfortunately, because Facebook and Google also share the same business goals and socio-political views as the EU state governments, there are also much more frightening reasons why these companies are doing what they are doing, especially with the media in lock-step, accusing the "fake accounts" of doing things that would unfairly influence the election. In reality, whether these accounts are truly "fake" is nothing but an opinion and furthermore it is clear who has the power to unfairly influence the election and the media, in immediate.

Because public lives are so closely connected to the sharing of data on platforms like Facebook and Google, the one who controls the sharing of data is in effect like a person who owned all the metal, gears, wood pulp and ink in the state, and thus had the power to determine whose stories went to the press and whose stories did not. An eye-opening parallel.