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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Zoran Vuckovic
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Zoran Vuckovic

facebook a political tool for mass surveillance and manipulation!

Atalia Roma
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Atalia Roma

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

brian g
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moral is dont rely on billionaire Zuckerbergs Facebook

Paul Markham
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Facebook doing the job it was designed to do then.

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

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

Eva Al-Jazeera
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Eva Al-Jazeera

This is FREEDOM , Isn’t it?

Wayne T Baker
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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.

Grant Vlasov
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Grant Vlasov

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

Helgé Janssen
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Helgé Janssen

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

zilma
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zilma

not fair

Mustafa Rasekh
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Mustafa Rasekh

Why

Atalia Roma
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Atalia Roma

Is syrian republic going to be shut down?

Hugo Viavita
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Hugo Viavita

Thank you for censoring !!!

Hugo Viavita
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Hugo Viavita

It is real democracy!!!

Zoran Vuckovic
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Zoran Vuckovic

go to http://vk.com/ for free speak…

edvard
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edvard

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

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

Anonymous
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Anonymous

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

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