merijn oudenampsen on Sun, 1 May 2011 22:21:09 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> Facebook censors 50 protest groups in the run up to the royal wedding

Hey nettimers,

In the run up to the wedding, facebook decided to delete 50 profiles
of British anti cuts protest groups.
Seems like they have been coordinating this with the police. Scary precedent.

Join the protest against it... on facebook!/home.php?sk=group_182031188514672



Stop the facebookpurge!

We demand the reinstatement of all the political Facebook accounts
blocked in the run-up to the royal wedding, and that Facebook release
an official apology to all those affected.

As the media gather to celebrate the nuptials of our aristo overlords
and the police pre-emptively cleanse London, making arrests under the
new unpublicised thought crime ‘suspicion of being an anarchist’,
Facebook has joined in the crackdown by blocking political accounts.
The following accounts have been blocked in the 12 hours leading up to
the royal wedding:

Open Birkbeck
UWE Occupation
Chesterfield Stopthecuts
Camberwell AntiCuts
IVA Womensrevolution
Tower Hamlets Greens
No Cuts
ArtsAgainst Cuts
London Student Assembly
Beat’n Streets
Roscoe ‘Manchester’ Occupation
Bristol Bookfair
Newcastle Occupation
Socialist Unity
Whospeaks Forus
Ourland FreeLand
Bristol Ukuncut
Teampalestina Shaf
Notts-Uncut Part-of UKUncut
No Quarter Cutthewar
Bootle Labour
Claimants Fightback
Ecosocialists Unite
Comrade George Orwell
Jason Derrick
Anarchista Rebellionist
BigSociety Leeds
Slade Occupation
Anti-Cuts Across Wigan
Firstof Mayband
Don’t Break Britain United
SWP Cork
Westiminster Trades Council
York Anarchists
Rock War
Sheffield Occupation
Central London SWP
North London Solidarity
Southwark Sos
Save NHS
Rochdale Law Centre
Goldsmiths Fights Back

The Facebook statement of rights and responsibilities reveals that the
threat of deletion is constantly hovering over the heads of anyone who
dares to participate in social media without fully revealing their
identity – “use of a fake name” is among the violations that can lead
to accounts being deleted – but it is clear that this recent wave of
shutdowns is politically motivated, part of a network of repression
designed to stifle protest.

Unfortunately, should you take issue with Facebook’s corporate
policies, all grievances must according to our tacit agreement be
pursued through California law courts (see FB statement of rights). As
total transparency is demanded of us through our participation in
social media, the people who dictate its terms hide behind legal

The mainstream media has celebrated how protestors in the Middle East
have used social media to organise revolution – now let’s see if the
same pundits who were excited by Tahrir on Twitter speak up to defend
UK-based activists who are now to be barred from organising and
discussing via supposedly liberatory social media mechanisms.

Please join our Facebook group to protest the purge:!/home.php?sk=group_182031188514672

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