What Happened to Our Facebook Page with 10,000+ Supporters?
UPDATE (9/15/10) Less than 24 hours after this post going live and Wikileaks tweeting about it, “savebradley” is back! Thanks to all supporters who helped get the attention needed to bring us back online!
For those of you following along on facebook.com/savebradley (over 10,000 friends!) you might notice that the URL leads to a dead page. The page can now be found at https://www.facebook.com/pages/savebradley/114129961964452?ref=ts You’ll notice that the page, with over 10,300 supporters, is rather quiet. That’s because the Bradley Manning Support Network’s administrative rights to the page have been revoked due to a “violation of the terms of service.”
We are currently unable to post information or links on the page. Other users (non-admins) can post to the wall, but the administrators of the page cannot.
We have sent a letter of appeal to Facebook instructing them to reinstate our publishing privileges immediately. As of this writing, we have gotten no response. We have not even received information on how to appeal this restriction.
With just days to go before our International Days of Action, this could not happen at a worse time.
We encourage everyone who wants to stay up to date on the campaign to:
- Join our mailing list: http://www.bradleymanning.org/what-can-i-do/stay-in-touch/
- Follow @savebradley on Twitter: https://twitter.com/savebradley
- Follow our alternate Facebook pages. By friending all of the pages, we can help insulate our message from arbitrary corporate policies that would attempt to hamstring our message. Please friend:
We are also asking that individuals use their own social networking profiles like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to promote the International Days of Action.
We have high hopes that the admin rights to the page will be restored, but we are frustrated at how this delay will hamper our ability to communicate with supporters during the International Days of Action.
We have only a brief window of time in which to effectively rouse worldwide support for Manning; every day in this campaign matters. The newest obstruction from Facebook is very disruptive to our campaign.
If any supporters have individual contacts at Facebook, please email support [at] bradleymanning [dot] org.
UPDATE (9/14/10) Currently, no one is able to post to the main supporters page any link to our website www.bradleymanning.org. Individuals attempting to do so get a pop-up window from Facebook stating that the link they are attempting to post is being reported as “abusive.”