Monday, July 21, 2014

Another @Facebook Page Shut Down #Gaza - @ShehabAgency

It seems that the Shehab Shehab News Agency page with more than 1.2 million fans has disappeared from Facebook.

The page is very important and significant role in the follow-up to the news, transported and moved the global solidarity with # Gaza.

Administrators of the page were first reportedly given a 24 hour ban after posting a picture of a wounded child in Gaza.

The page was reportedly shut down earlier today with no additional warnings or reason.

A new page has been started here

More information to follow.

Many thanks to The uprising of women in the Arab world انتفاضة المرأة في العالم العربي‎ for alerting me to this situation.

Monday, July 14, 2014

How Many Activist Pages will Facebook Shut Down? #PalestineUnderAttack


It seems Facebook has shut down several other pages of Palestinian activists.  I awoke to the following information via a trusted friend:

"Truth doesn't need to ban anything. Why is this happening? What would happen if a pro-Israeli Facebook page was removed?

"The Muslim Public Affairs Committee page has been banned by Zios, 90,000 members all pro Palestinians and they banned it. Don't let this stand one of the few places that Palestine has a voice is on Facebook, if we allow them to ban Mpac then next they will silence any pro Pal voice. Please, please share on your pages, tweet do what ever but complain to Facebook and get the page reinstated. "

Please sign the petition here to have their page reinstated.

They have also started a new page MPACUK1Ummah

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Trevor LaBonte, a friend who is very critical of Israel, was banned from Facebook for seven days yesterday. His other account has also been banned for the last 36 hours.

#Gaza #Activists #SaveGaza #Israel #StopIsrael #StopGenocide#Genocide"

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Image:

Who Rules? - François-Marie Aroue, Voltaire Quote - jpg

Via Mirela Monte - special thanks to Gloria Torres for sharing this with me.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Palestinian Activist and Photographer Hamde Abu's Facebook Page Shut Down


Palestinian Activist and Photographer Hamde Abu had his personal page removed from Facebook today.  I spoke to Hamde today via Skype.  Just to reiterate for those who are worried, Hamde is fine and in good spirits, despite everything.

Approximately 7 hours ago, Hamde was notified that has account had been suspended.  He received the following message.

"Facebook is a community where people use their real identities. We require everyone to provide their real first and last names and real birthday so you always know who you're connecting with. Your account is temporarily suspended because your timeline doesn't list your real name.

To reopen this account, please reply to this email stating your real name (as it would be listed on a government-issued ID like a passport or drivers license). Once we know your real name, we can update your timeline and reactivate your account."

The timing for the removal of his page for those who are following what is happening now in Palestine is suspect.  Facebook did change their rules several months ago, but it was only today that his page was taken down.

One of Hamde's last updates on Facebook: "the latest update from Gaza strip,
86 were killed since the Israeli operation in Gaza ,and more than 550 were reported injured."

Furthermore, it is troubling that activists in parts of the world where they may not want their full identities known are targeted this way.

Hamde told me that he had sent in his Full legal name along with a copy of his passport twice already to Facebook.  As we spoke, he sent me a copy of that same passport and we tried to do it again from my end.

There's no telling when or if his personal page will be restored, but it is concerning that so much of the visual history he has captured, particularly in these last weeks, will not be visible or accessible to anyone.

His Photography page is still up, but he is unable to post there with his personal page suspended. To support Hamde in the interim, please continue to share his photos from that page.


I will continue share updates here as I get them.

The page is still down with no response from Facebook as of Saturday 8pm PST.

Sign the Change.org petition here.

Several other activist pages have also been blocked or banned.  Read more here

Hamde's page was restored at approximately 5pm PST on Tuesday, July 15th.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Gender Identity Watch Facebook's Page Removed


Gender Identity Watch Facebook's page was removed yesterday for "hate speech or symbols".  No specific example of either was given by Facebook.


Response from Pathetic Fallacies

"Porn is okay.

MRA groups are okay.

Misogyny is okay.

Blatant racism is okay.

Critical thinking is bad.

Pro-female groups are bad.

Mmmkay?

One of the only redeeming pages on FB, that I’m aware of, was Gender Identity Watch. No bullshit, pro-woman, interesting, intelligent content.

However, Facebook, in its infinite wisdom, has banned Gender Identity Watch for refusing to cater to the super-special feelings of men, misogynists, and those who think feminism is one big “Kumbaya” sing along.



If you don’t like that this page has been unpublished, if this pisses you off (and it should), do what you can to come down hard on Facebook for removing the page. Social media, especially Facebook, is flooded with violently misogynist content, and yet this page — for and about women — was unpublished. Think about that.

These are Orwellian times, sisters."


A new page has been started at GenderIdentityWatchReloaded

"This is not a hate page. No one here hates you if you don't conform to gender. We support the abolition of gender, as gender is a tool of oppression (femininity) used against women."


UPDATE: New page has also been removed.

The Age of censorship.


"This is the fourth time that Facebook has censored Dublin SaysNo. 

The last time they said it was a mistake. When they put the page back online it had a reach of 300 before they censored it, it had a reach of half a million. 

It's not surprising after starting the meter protests in Dublin 9 weeks ago and watch as they have spiraled to a national level that they would again come after us. 

We have continued to support everyone protesting and used our page to get everyone's story out there as the media has been bought and sold by Government sympathizers.

While Facebook blocks pages that stand up to corrupt Governments they actively help and accept money that is used to grow pages that contain, Bestiality, child porn, extreme violence, bullying etc.

Facebook is dead.

Dublin says no will not be silenced.


Dublin says no is not about a page. Dublin says no is about the people who refuse to give up the fight for their future and their children's future."


Shared from DublinSaysNo in solidarity.


Friday, June 13, 2014

#FreeTheNipple


"It's time to test Facebook's new breastfeeding policy. Facebook: You say you allow breastfeeding mothers to share their photos without cropping out their nipples? Prove it. Let this stay up and see how many thousands of people see it and share it.

We are proud to nourish our babies with our breasts and we will not be shamed for it. We will share our special/difficult/funny/priceless breastfeeding moments with our friends, families, and community and we
will not to told to keep them to ourselves. Enough with the shaming of women. We are mothers and we are strong. We are equal.

#FreeTheNipple

Read more about the policy change on Soraya Chemaly's article on The Huffington Post."