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
Zoran Vuckovic
2016-01-20 02:43

facebook a political tool for mass surveillance and manipulation!

Atalia Roma
Atalia Roma
2016-01-20 02:32

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

brian g
brian g
2016-01-20 02:35

moral is dont rely on billionaire Zuckerbergs Facebook

Paul Markham
Paul Markham
2016-01-20 03:11

Facebook doing the job it was designed to do then.

brian g
brian g
2016-01-20 02:34

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

Eva Al-Jazeera
Eva Al-Jazeera
2016-01-20 02:27

This is FREEDOM , Isn’t it?

Z...
Z...
2016-01-20 02:25

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

Wayne T Baker
Wayne T Baker
2016-01-20 06:02

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
Grant Vlasov
2016-01-20 02:52

d**n. They’re freeing the s**t out of us, alright.

Helgé Janssen
Helgé Janssen
2016-01-20 04:15

[email protected]@@!!!! This is NOT acceptable.

zilma
zilma
2016-01-21 02:51

not fair

Mustafa Rasekh
Mustafa Rasekh
2016-01-20 02:26

Why

Atalia Roma
Atalia Roma
2016-01-20 02:30

Is syrian republic going to be shut down?

Hugo Viavita
Hugo Viavita
2016-01-20 02:38

Thank you for censoring !!!

Hugo Viavita
Hugo Viavita
2016-01-20 02:38

It is real democracy!!!

Zoran Vuckovic
Zoran Vuckovic
2016-01-20 02:47

go to http://vk.com/ for free speak…

edvard
edvard
2016-01-20 19:20

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

Samer Beyh
Samer Beyh
2016-01-21 17:41

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

Anonymous
Anonymous
2016-01-20 02:23

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