Facebook will do anything to get China to accept its friend request. As China cracks down on dissidents and Google condemns that country’s authoritarian leadership, Facebook is considering a partnership with Chinese censors.
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Facebook’s lobbyist Adam Conner just told the Wall Street Journal, “Maybe we will block content in some countries, but not others….We are occasionally held in uncomfortable positions because now we’re allowing too much, maybe, free speech in countries that haven’t experienced it before.”
Astounding. And this disregard for civil liberties is nothing new: Facebook has consistently dodged hard questions about free speech. Last year they refused to attend a U.S. Senate hearing on “global Internet freedom” and the company won’t join the tech industry’s Global Network Initiative, which promotes human rights and free speech. Will you demand that Facebook start respecting civil liberties? Click here to sign the petition.
PETITION TO MARK ZUCKERBERG AND THE FACEBOOK TEAM: Your callous disregard for free speech and human rights is completely unacceptable. Partnership with censors in China or anywhere else is counterproductive, bad for business, and just plain wrong.
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