Facebook blocks content, so why aren’t you upset?

Facebook blocks content, so why aren’t you upset?

Written by: Komail Mithani

November 24, 2010 10:33 pm 2 comments

In the past couple of days, news broke that Facebook decided to block/ban any content from Lamebook.com because of their “improper attempt to build a brand that trades off Facebook’s popularity and fame.” Even filing a trademark infringement lawsuit against Lamebook. I can understand Facebook’s concern about protecting their brand and identity, however I’m disheartened by their quick and careless move to completely ban any user from sharing, posting or even liking anything linked to Lambook.com. Even going as far as to completely delete their fan page.

I’m even more concerned and surprised that many of my peers either don’t care about this story or simply don’t know about it. Well, I’m personally here to tell you that this is a HUGE deal for anyone that cares about freely sharing what is important to them and to whomever they please on the social network juggarnot. We all are aware of how large Facebook has become and its partical application on business and our personal lives, which has had a huge impact in the way our generation talks, connects, shares and spends our time. Facebook warrants their actions on Lamebook’s desire to piggy back off their name, but if you think about it, any social consumer knows the difference between Facebook and a satire. In my opinion, Facebook simply didn’t just ban a satirical website because of “trademark infringement,” they blocked the right for YOU to share and discuss content you enjoy and this should worry you because:

  1. Social Media is about sharing and openly discussing about topics that are important to you.
  2. Facebook has shown it now has the ability to block you from discussing controversial topics and sharing relevant information with close friends.
  3. For those interested in Facebook Mail, you may want to think about how restrictions like this can cause you to become frustrated with the service.
  4. As a millennial, you grew-up with the freedom of expressing yourself no matter who or what was watching and you always made sure you stuck behind a cause you were emotionally attached to.
  5. As a business owner or avid user, you rely on Facebook to share, network and keep-in-touch with people that are important to you. Also, you use Facebook as a way to generate traffic and awareness to your site. What will happen if your ability to do this is banned?

So what happens next?

Recently and kuddos go out to the PR team at Facebook for responding quickly, their CTO Bret Taylor released this statement.

In addition, a “Save Lamebook” fan page has been created that is holding just over 700 likes. Maybe this isn’t a big deal to you or maybe you don’t realize what Facebook enables you to do. Nonetheless, I strongly urge you to take sometime and think about what Facebook did and express your concerns. This may not be as important as privacy, however, Facebook is starting to show their censorship, which resembles that of Fox (extreme, I know, but you get the picture).

So what are your thoughts? Do you even care Facebook did this or are you worried they may take the same action to your fan page or even personal profile in the future?

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