The dogblog has been informed by a number of readers that currently any attempt to enter the address of the Wikileaks video released yesterday (that showed leaked classified U.S. Military footage of an attack on Iraqi civilians) into Facebook is being blocked, it would seem.
Entering a URL into a status update on Facebook usually renders a link, but in the case of www.collateralmurder.org this is not the case. Many of our readers have expressed concern that given the nature of the material at that web address it would seem apparent that an attempt to censor or restrict the user’s right to disseminate the address is being carried out by Facebook.
It would be very unfortunate for Facebook – whose profile page carries the motto “Giving people the power to share and make the world more open and connected” – if this turned out to be anything other than unintentional filtering or scripting glitch. We asked Facebook about this apparent restriction of free speech, and they quickly responded, advising:
“To protect our users, we have automated systems in place that block the dissemination of links to known malicious websites, including phishing and malware sites. On rare occasions, these systems wrongly identify a legitimate link as malicious. We have reinstated this one and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.”
It should be noted that the URL www.collateralmurder.com was not restricted and that the .org address is posting into notes.
(Update: oops, I forgot to link to the source of that image, my bad: click here )