Following the defeat of Ken Livingstone in the London Mayoral Elections in May 2008 I set up a Facebook page called ‘Boris Watch’. The idea of the page was to monitor the new Mayor Boris Johnson and it quickly gained over 3000 members.
The noticeboard was extremely busy, with members (and Boris supporters) debating issues – but it seems Facebook have decided that their pages are not to be used for this purpose.
The high handed nature of Facebook is clearly evidence that they are confident that their size means it does not matter if they make decisions like this, close down forums of discussion with no notice and then threaten users.
The magic of Web 2.0 is that both fans of the page and many of those of do not agree with the content will be outraged by their action, and as other social network sites build they could find that many find themselves building their on-line networks with sites that do not dictate in such a high handed way.
What is interesting is their own explanation says ‘Facebook Pages are special profiles used solely for commercial, political or charitable purposes’. So is holding the Mayor of London to account not political?
Here is the full message…
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