Activists claim purge of Facebook pages

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Activists claim purge of Facebook pages

Protest groups claim Facebook has taken down dozens of pages in a purge of 
activists' accounts

Shiv Malik, Guardian-Online, Friday 29 April 2011

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 

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 

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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