Middle East

Facebook says it closed coalition’s page by mistake

BEIRUT: Facebook has reopened the opposition Syrian National Coalition’s English page after it was closed in error, a spokesperson said Tuesday.

The page was inaccessible throughout Monday after the social media giant flagged as “inappropriate” photos of Abdul-Qader Saleh, the late rebel military commander; Haitham Maleh, a veteran dissident and coalition member; and a child victim of starvation but was back online Tuesday. Acknowledging the mistaken closure, a spokesperson told The Daily Star that Facebook’s challenge “is to find the balance between enabling people to share information, news and content – and protecting the community as a whole.” Both pro- and anti-regime groups have complained of pages being shut down. The coalition has started an online petition to protest the closures, which it blames on false “reporting” of pages by pro-regime groups.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on February 12, 2014, on page 8.




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