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April 29, 2011 Ongoing No Comments
Political purge of UK Facebook underway | openDemocracy

There appears to be a political purge of Facebook taking place. 
Profiles are being deleted without warning or explanation. 
In the last 12 hours, Facebook has deleted over 50 sites. 

Also reported in The Guardian:
Activists claim purge of Facebook pages
Protest groups claim Facebook has taken down dozens of pages in a purge of activists' accounts
  •  Friday 29 April 2011 17.21 
  • Activists are claiming that dozens of politically linked  Facebook accounts have been removed or suspended by the company in the  last 12 hours.
    The list of suspended pages include those for the anti cuts group UK Uncut, and pages that were created by students during last December's university occupations.
    A list posted on the UCL occupation blog site says the Goldsmiths Fights Back, Slade Occupation, Open Brikbeck, and Tower Hamlet Greens pages as no longer functioning.
    It  is not yet known how many websites have been affected in total or why  they are not working. Facebook is currently looking into the issue.
    Guy  Aitchison, 26, an administrator for one of the non-functioning pages  said, "I woke up this morning to find that a lot of the groups we'd been  using for anti-cuts activity had disappeared. The timing of it seems  suspicious given a general political crackdown because of the royal  wedding."
    "It seems that dozens of other groups have also been affected, including some of the local UK Uncut groups."
    Earlier, it was reported that the Metropolitan police had invoked special powers to deter anarchists in central London ahead of the royal wedding.
    Police  threw a section 60 cordon around the whole of the royal wedding zone on  Friday morning to respond to anarchists masking up at a small gathering  in Soho Square in central London.
    The section 60 order allows  police officers to stop and search anyone without discretion. The police  also imposed section 60a, which gives them the power to remove masks  and balaclavas from anyone within the area.
    Scotland Yard said the  decision was made after individuals were seen putting on masks in Soho  Square where a group of anarchists had gathered.
    The Guardian is awaiting a comment from Facebook.

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