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June 17th, 2008


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08:32 am - Facebook censors Premier's support page
Preaching to the Chinese about censorship eh?  Those bloody hypocrites.  There was a support page on facebook for Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, it was started by a fan following the earthquake in Sichuan and the membership was already at 51,000.  Yet today, with this craptastic reason, facebook deleted it;

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http://www.facebook.com/pages/-Wen-Jia-bao/13823116911
This was the page, but even if you click it it's not there anymore, so here's some news articles that reported on the Premier's debut on facebook and his growing popularity to prove I'm not making this page up or something;
New York Times: For Premier of China, Heady Debut on Facebook
Northeast Network: Premier Wen 10th Most Popular Politician on Facebook
The Star: Support for Premier Wen Growing with Facebook
China Daily: Premier Wen 10th top politician on Facebook
Yahoo News: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao hailed as Facebook Star
CNN: Chinese Premier Debuts on Facebook
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The Premier was already in the 6th place on the most popular politicians on facebook page with 51,000 supporters!  It was just ready to enter into the 5th place, and facebook pulls this little stupid stunt.  So apparently, pages in support of American politicians, French politicians, Canadian politicians and others that aren't so oriental looking are ok, but stick the Chinese Premier up there and BAM it's hateful, threatening and/or obscene.  What the hell is this?! 

Bloody hell, well whatever, I for one plan for a nice little email to facebook, and I hope the rest 51,000 supporters do the same.  Flood their inboxes and crash their damn servers.  Either way, we've started another page now (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wen-Jiabao-/17446021081) , and it doesn't matter how many times they delete support pages for the Premier we'll always start a new one, and with each time they're just giving us more reason to believe this whole Freedom of Speech notion is but a big farce.

[EDIT]: The page has been restored, according to some of the people it was gone for approximately 22 hours, with no explanation from facebook nor any form of an apology if it was a mistake.  Interesting...wonder if it just a technical error or...

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From:surealistic_des
Date:June 17th, 2008 01:09 pm (UTC)
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that's wierd.... :|

why would Facebook erase it?I see nothing wrong with the page...ironical when there are some facebooks with Bush lying around and they haven't been deleted... :\

Wen Jianbao's profile wasn't doing anything wrong... :\ I mean if anything it showed that China was loosing her reins on censorship...then again America has been bad with censorship too...especially with matters concerning the Iraq War

and with each time they're just giving us more reason to believe this whole Freedom of Speech notion is but a big farce.


freedom of speech? :| its a double edge sword really...sadly...the West likes to take advantage of it and twist it to their own liking...
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From:abomvubuso
Date:June 17th, 2008 01:25 pm (UTC)
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Damn i hate those two-faced fuckers >:-[
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From:kyanited
Date:June 17th, 2008 02:06 pm (UTC)
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Oh, it may be just like with everything else - someone has to report it for them to take action. So may be someone reported it to them for whatever reason... hate, maybe? Or it was just "unauthorized". Who knows, maybe the Chinese requested it be taken down because it was "unauthorized"?
From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 18th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
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Christine told me about this yesterday & I have to say that it is highly hypocritical of Facebook to do this. I think your email campaign might force the Facebook people to issue an apology & explanation, as I do not see how supporting a foreign leader of any country as offensive. Keep in mind the kind of people they employ at Facebook as they do anywhere else: white, rich, pro-Tibet, anti-China, pro-West, popularity-hoarding morons.-James

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