Facebook deny ‘censoring’ Wikileaks US air attack video.

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 )

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6 Comments

  1. Abbas Ali
    Posted April 6, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I think that’s what they call an exclusive. I’ve tried twittering one or two people, no word back yet.

  2. Posted April 6, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Permalink | Reply

    See, sometimes the big boys don’t get all the scoops.

  3. leaker
    Posted April 20, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Permalink | Reply

    In fact the WikiLeaks facebook fanpage with +25000 fans vanished a few days ago.

  4. Posted May 4, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Hey there! Thanks for using my image! Could you please post a link to the source in your article?

    http://www.zazzle.com/government_censorship_poster-228099302315531500

    Thanks! :)

    • Posted May 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Sure, there you go :)

      Apologies, I meant to and totally neglected to do so.

  5. Posted December 13, 2010 at 6:57 am | Permalink | Reply

    keep in touched

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