Published On: Wed, Aug 17th, 2016

Facebook Launches a Crackdown Against Pakistani Pages


Facebook Launches a Crackdown Against Pakistani Pages

Facebook recently launched a crackdown on Pakistani pages — with millions of likes — and went ahead and unpublished (deleted) them, we have checked with various Facebook admins who lost their pages during past few weeks.

All these pages, which number in dozens, were mostly removed on copyright violations according to communication received from Facebook.

However, some believe that the Kashmir element could also be behind the removal of such pages.

It may be recalled that Facebook didn’t like the way Pakistanis (and other nationals) were sharing pictures of Kashmiri freedom fighters. Based on complaints from India, Facebook removed all such posts while terming them against their TOS (terms of service).
Support for Kashmir could be a reason for removal of Pakistani Facbeook pages
However, there are others who think that Facebook, just recently, became active in how it deals with copyright claims and any violations are dealt with strictly; mostly by removal of the pages regardless of how big (in terms of following) or how old these page were.

It maybe recalled that Facebook had been very lenient on copyright violations. It used to just inform the admins of any reported violations or at most deleted the reported posts.

This is why there was a trend of copying content on Facebook and every other page used to post similar images or videos.

Almost every Facebook page admin used to copy stuff from other pages and post the same on their own pages with or without credits.

However, now the situation has changed and such pages — with any copyright violations — are removed at once without even warnings. Moreover, any appeals are not entertained and Facebook replies all complaints with a rejection and a note that the decision is final.

Not to mention, not all page admins were violating the copyrights but were penalized. This includes admins who had spends thousands of dollars on their pages, for promoting content and buying likes. But all that has been ruined for them now.

There are people who are relating this crackdown to Google’s disabling of Pakistani adsense accounts in bulk back in 2011.

While there are admins who are disgruntled with the development, there are others (mainly users) who are contended with the move as it will mean lesser (duplicate) content.

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Courtesy: Pro Pakistani

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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology