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"It's Complicated" Between Facebook and Activists

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We bet the people behind the soon-to-be released Facebook movie The Social Network are loving this drama! Yeah drama/free press!

We bet Mark Zuckerberg is NOT so enthusiastic about this drama.

Activists are furious with Facebook for locking down portions of cause pages, such as "Boycott Target Until They Cease Funding Anti-Gay Politics." The page got 78,000 members, and was recently heavily locked down by Facebook personnel.

Here's a statement about this action, by a promoter of the Target boycott, Nicholas Lefevre:

“Facebook is interfering with the function of a page dedicated to individuals organizing in response to corporate action to which they object. With the limited avenues for such expression and organization and the importance of the Internet to that ability, anything that threatens that expression is dangerous.”

Spokespeople from Facebook have claimed that pages have been locked down because they violated the site's terms of service:

“Facebook Pages enable public figures, organizations, businesses, and brands to share information, interact with interested people, and maintain an engaging presence on Facebook. They're … optimized for official entities’ needs to communicate, distribute content, engage people and capture new audiences. To protect people from spam and other unwanted content, we restrict Pages that represent ideas or positions — rather than discrete entities — from publishing stories to people's News Feeds."

"This policy is designed to ensure Facebook remains a safe, secure and trusted environment for the people who use it."

Facebook's policy on this matter is NOT being well received by lots of people. Should be inneresting to see how the backlash progresses.

What do U think of Facebook's policy on their ability to restrict pages?

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8 comments to “"It's Complicated" Between Facebook and Activists”

  1. 1

    If you don't like it then make your own social network.

  2. 2

    Who cares! Target still rocks! It'll always be better than Wal-Mart and Kmart.

  3. 3

    You gay people are so sensitive. Who cares what target is doing…there are bigger issues in the world. How bout that oil spill??? Did we forget about that???

  4. 4

    Liberals are just a bunch of whiny cowards. Can they ever begin to comprehend the fact they are trying to win a battle against 2 billion dollar enterprises on the fortune 500 list?

  5. 5

    2 comments now that I've mad today that haven't shown up………..glad you treat the people that keep this shit site running so well………..

  6. 6

    Poor babies don't want their 'hate page' shut down? I admit to really not giving a damn, but really, it is THEY who pay for the bandwidth, so they have a right to decide what it carries. Pay for your OWN site then!

  7. 7

    Lol…its their website…they can do whatever the fuck they want with it.

  8. myjah says – reply to this


    Perez–you delete critical comments off your comments page all the time! Idiot.