Friday, April 29, 2011

50 Facebook Pages Deleted. Was it politically motivated? Malicious?

I just received the following email from Demand Progress concerning a
breaking story that Facebook might be acting in concert with
government, intelligence, and private agencies to censor unpopular
speech on the site. while the exact details are still unknown, I'm
just passing this information along.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "David Segal," <>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2011 17:19:25 +0000
Subject: 50 pages deleted
To: Anthony Papillion <>


BREAKING NEWS: A range of Facebook users, from political dissidents to
technology bloggers, are reporting the sudden blocking of their pages.
Facebook provided no prior warning, nor was there a clear process
established to restore access to the blocked pages.

Will you fight back? The best way to get Facebook's attention is to make
the story go viral on their own site:

[1][fb]If you're already on Facebook, [2]click here to share with your

More than 50 blocked pages were political in nature, and several users
have had their pages maliciously blocked through fraudulent claims of
intellectual property violations. This news follows Facebook's disturbing
assertions that it's willing to work with government censors in places
like China, and that the company is worried that it sometimes provides
"too much" free speech.

[3]Will you click here to demand that Facebook stop censoring political

Astounding. And this disregard for civil liberties is nothing new:
Facebook has consistently dodged hard questions about free speech. Last
year they refused to attend a U.S. Senate hearing on "global Internet
freedom" and the company won't join the tech industry's Global Network
Initiative, which promotes human rights and free speech.

[4]Will you demand that Facebook start respecting civil liberties and end
the censorship? Just click here.

Thanks for fighting for free speech.

-- The Demand Progress team

P.S. Please help this go viral so we get Facebook's attention. You can
forward this email, or use these links:

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campaign: [8]Tweet


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