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Facebook warns Sir Russell Coutts of account closure

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In a recent Facebook post Sir Russell Coutts, one of New Zealand’s greatest living sportsmen, stated the social media giant warned him his account may be shut down.

The warning follows a number of posts made by Sir Russell which questioned the direction of the country during the pandemic. Sir Russell is one of the few high profile New Zealanders who has had the courage to raise such concerns publicly as the country seemingly sleepwalks into a dystopian nightmare/tragi-comedy.

Sir Russell Coutts

In the Facebook post Sir Russell described how a cafe owner had recently contacted him to highlight an example of government overreach. The post reads:

‘It appears George Orwell’s book 1984 with the ‘Thought Police’ is still highly relevant in today’s world. A cafe owner told me the authorities had been in three times recently to warn that they would be shut down if they allowed him to outside on his chair. Note….I’ve received a message this morning that my account may be shutdown. What on earth is this world coming to?’

It is indeed a sad world we have arrived at if an American tech giant can threaten to silence a New Zealand icon for speaking his mind in a peaceful and respectful way.

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