On September 19, local time, Facebook suspended the accounts of more than 200 people who were believed to be involved in protests against the construction of a disputed coastal gas pipeline. The ban shows how vulnerable activists are to the actions of social media platforms during the pandemic, because the risk of personal protest is greater than ever. < / P > < p > local activists are opposed to the construction of the pipeline, which would cut off the territory of wet and suwet and en nation. The bans limit activists’ social distance while protesting. This has led some people to rush to communicate without Facebook Messenger, and it has also led wet & ා suwet & ා en activists to rethink how they can effectively resist the pipeline developers on social media. < / P > < p > wet & & 39; suwet & & 39; en activists and supporters said they might move their future actions away from Facebook because of the scare. They worry that their activism will be monitored on Facebook and that Facebook will close their accounts again. < / P > < p > in May this year, wet & ා en activists, Greenpeace and other environmental and local groups held a Facebook event calling on opponents to bombard KKR & Co. Inc., the main funder of the pipeline, via phone and email. They plan to hold an almost identical event on September 21. Then on September 19, everyone who can manage the 15 co sponsors of the event was informed that their accounts would be suspended for three days. Lindsey Allen, chief project officer at Greenpeace USA, said: “Facebook can silence the climate movement as much as it wants without any explanation. This is disturbing. Over the past year, Facebook has also come under fire from scientists, legislators and activists for allowing erroneous information about climate change to spread on its platform. < p > < p > Facebook denies that these personal accounts are specifically targeted because of their activism. “Our system mistakenly deleted these accounts and contents. Now (they) have been restored and we have lifted any restrictions on identity files. ” Facebook said in an email to the verge on September 21. However, the company did not confirm how many accounts were affected and did not explain the cause of the error. < / P > < p > but activists don’t buy it. They think it’s suspicious that the title happened just before their next activity. Jennifer Wickham’s account is one of the blocked accounts, and she laughs after hearing Facebook’s response. “I think it’s really a weak setback to say it’s a mistake,” she told the verge. In my opinion, the actions of only one company seem too blatant. This reminds me of the old saying: money makes the mare go. ” Greenpeace continues to press the social media giant to disclose the reasons for the wrongly deleted accounts. “We still hope to get an answer from Facebook because they have failed to prove that they are not part of this model of suppressing dissent at the expense of fossil fuel companies,” Allen said < / P > < p > the 670 km gas pipeline, which costs about C $6.6 billion, will pass through unallocated Aboriginal territories in Northern British Columbia. Since January 2019, protests against the pipeline have attracted international attention. At that time, the police even protested and arrested wet and en protestors who blocked roads on their sites and tried to prevent construction workers from entering. < / P > < p > last year’s demonstration inspired supporters to join the wet & ා suwet & ා en protestors, but with the outbreak of the new crown epidemic, this situation ended. Now, only a small number of people in the camp are trying to stay isolated to prevent the spread of the disease. Wickham said: “the pandemic is coming and it’s all over. The only real way to communicate is through social media and online action. ” “I believe that if people try to stop us from doing anything more on social media, it’s obviously successful,” Wickham said < / P > < p > despite the closures, activists are pushing for their next “communications blockade,” which was rescheduled on September 28. They’re still studying what future Internet activism will look like, but Wickham says they won’t stop there. < / P > < p > “we are fighting for the health of our children, our future children, future grandchildren and our territory,” Wickham told the verge. “It’s the responsibility of wet and suwet and en.” [image] Google secretly tests 6GHz networks in 17 states of the United States