Facebook censorship: clamp down on political views as over fifty groups and pages are closed

While the country grinds to a stand still for the Royal Wedding, Anti-Cuts groups up and down the country are in turmoil as their pages are being systematically shut down by Facebook. At the last estimation over fifty different groups had been closed; from York Anarchists to Save the NHS, all information and presence has been removed from the social networking site.

Although scepticism has always existed towards Facebook from activist groups, its potential to mobilise on a grand scale has led to its popularity for student occupations, Uncut actions and other forms of protest. Whilst these groups have been the target of police surveilance and intelligence gathering in the past (UKC Anti-Cuts has itself been subject to this when planning and executing peaceful actions) this is a much more overt affront to the freedom of expression.

“A scandalous abuse of power by Facebook to arbitrarily destroy online communities built up over many months and years” UCL Occupation

Although some pages, groups and profiles remain at this minute – the University of Kent Occupation page is online at the time of publishing – we are unsure of how long they shall be exempt from this purge.

“It may well be that these groups are technically in violation of Facebook’s terms of agreement, but the timing – on the royal wedding and May day weekend – is deeply suspicious” UCL Occupation

Indeed the raids in Brighton and London yesterday of squats as well as the numerous preemptive arrests committed over the past few days spell a warning to activists of all types.

Naturally this overt censorship will not lead to the end of our actions.

If you wish to follow us and our actions please use our blog our twitter feed .

Contact us with ukcanticuts@gmail.com

Alex Stevenson

Sites closed so far

Open Birkbeck
UWE Occupation
Chesterfield Stopthecuts
Camberwell AntiCuts
IVA Womensrevolution
Tower Hamlets Greens
No Cuts
ArtsAgainst Cuts
London Student Assembly
Beat’n Streets
Roscoe ‘Manchester’ Occupation
Bristol Bookfair
Newcastle Occupation
Socialist Unity
Whospeaks Forus
Ourland FreeLand
Bristol Ukuncut
Teampalestina Shaf
Notts-Uncut Part-of UKUncut
No Quarter Cutthewar
Bootle Labour
Claimants Fightback
Ecosocialists Unite
Comrade George Orwell
Jason Derrick
Anarchista Rebellionist
BigSociety Leeds
Slade Occupation
Anti-Cuts Across Wigan
Firstof Mayband
Don’t Break Britain United
SWP Cork
Westiminster Trades Council
York Anarchists
Rock War
Sheffield Occupation
Central London SWP
North London Solidarity
Southwark Sos
Save NHS
Rochdale Law Centre
Goldsmiths Fights Back
Occupy Monaco
Anticutsspace London
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