Middle East

Facebook closes Coalition’s English page

BEIRUT: The opposition Syrian National Coalition’s English-language Facebook page was closed Monday for violating the site’s community standards.

Photos of Abdel-Qader Saleh, the late rebel military commander, Haitham Maleh, a member of the coalition’s negotiating team in Geneva, and a child victim of starvation in the Damascus suburb of Moadamieh, were all flagged as inappropriate.

Facebook did not return calls for comment. Dozens of Facebook pages have been closed during the war, allegedly for violating the social media company’s rules and regulations, which include the necessity for graphic videos to be introduced with a warning.

 Pro-regime and pro-opposition activists each claim that their pages are being unfairly targeted. Also, images of human rights abuses deemed to be “shared for sadistic effect or to celebrate or glorify violence have no place on our site.” 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on February 11, 2014, on page 8.




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