In a mass crack-down on Syrian and Lebanese journalism today, Facebook has closed down several news-media pages, leaving millions of followers confused and perturbed.

Among the pages shut down are the Syrian television stations Sama TV, its sister channel Addounia TV, Syrian News Channel, Alikhbaria, as well as the Lebanese Al Mayadeen, based in Beirut and known as the ‘Al Jazeera of the Arab world’. Most of the pages were non-government organisations, privately owned and funded.

The sudden shut down has been attributed by followers to ‘mass reports’ in which large groups of Facebook users with opposing views target the pages they want censored. Often these movements are run by ‘paid trolls’ who have been known to be funded by entities associated with governments or corporations.

In these cases, the reports are usually not related to violations of Facebook’s community standards. Instead their purpose is to suppress free speech as well as damage the organisations financially, as they rely on social media outlets for revenue.

Sadly, millions of people around the world who rely on these pages for breaking news have now been left in the dark.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous
5 months 7 days ago

So, why is your page still available if this was such a big deal?

Z...
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5 months 7 days ago

Saudí Arabia Govt probably paid to block those accounts. Desperate moves by Al Saud they are feeling the ??? which is near.

Mustafa Rasekh
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Mustafa Rasekh
5 months 7 days ago

Why

Eva Al-Jazeera
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Eva Al-Jazeera
5 months 7 days ago

This is FREEDOM , Isn’t it?

Atalia Roma
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Atalia Roma
5 months 7 days ago

Is syrian republic going to be shut down?

Atalia Roma
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Atalia Roma
5 months 7 days ago

I think facebook really is just a bigggg spy network!!!!

brian g
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5 months 7 days ago

ah freedom of speech…the americans preach it and use if to justify war yet rarely practice it

brian g
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5 months 7 days ago

moral is dont rely on billionaire Zuckerbergs Facebook

Hugo Viavita
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Hugo Viavita
5 months 7 days ago

Thank you for censoring !!!

Hugo Viavita
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Hugo Viavita
5 months 7 days ago

It is real democracy!!!

Zoran Vuckovic
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Zoran Vuckovic
5 months 7 days ago

facebook a political tool for mass surveillance and manipulation!

Zoran Vuckovic
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Zoran Vuckovic
5 months 7 days ago

go to http://vk.com/ for free speak…

Grant Vlasov
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Grant Vlasov
5 months 7 days ago

Damn. They’re freeing the shit out of us, alright.

Paul Markham
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5 months 7 days ago

Facebook doing the job it was designed to do then.

Helgé Janssen
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Helgé Janssen
5 months 7 days ago

FB@@@!!!! This is NOT acceptable.

Wayne T Baker
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5 months 7 days ago

This is the reaction of a failed and dying British Empire. It will not work just as their stooge Obamas push for WW III will not be tolerated.

edvard
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edvard
5 months 6 days ago

Facebook financers and leaders have extensive ties to Israel and zionism…

zilma
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zilma
5 months 6 days ago

not fair

Samer Beyh
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5 months 5 days ago

Join Globanese the first social network for Lebanese diaspora http://www.globanese.com

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