Man Has Facebook Account Blocked Over Hitler Game

Story By: Kathryn Quinn, Sub EditorJoseph GolderAgency: Central European News

A Swiss man who had his Facebook account blocked for trying to sell a satirical Hitler game has won his battle to have his profile reinstated.

The man named only as M.B in local media said: “Years of memories were lost as I tried to sell a satirical game.”

Secret Hitler is a social deduction game for 5-10 people about finding and stopping the right-wing politicians led by Hitler in their midst. Players are secretly divided into two teams: the liberals, who have a majority, and the fascists, who are hidden to everyone but each other.

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But Facebook did not see it that way and blocked his account for going against Facebook policy in promoting far-right ideology.

The man said: “I am in no way associated with the right wing scene and just wanted to sell this funny game.”

After noticing his account had been blocked, he contacted Facebook who said: “The content you posted goes against Facebook regulations.”

Picture Credit: CEN/ Facebook

Facebook added: “We are unable to give you any further information.”

Facebook initially said they were unable to reinstate the profile.

He said: “I felt powerless. I tried to make clear the background and apologised for the postings. I tried to get in contact via telephone but it was impossible as they do not have a hotline.

“I lost so many contacts, memories which went back for years and many photos which I hadn’t got anywhere else were lost.”

After the man’s desperate appeal appeared in local media including Swiss daily 20 Minuten, the man’s Facebook account was then reactivated.

A spokesman for Facebook told local media: “The account had mistakenly been blocked and has now been reactivated.”

They added: “We have apologised to the user for the mistake.”

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