Sunday, July 22, 2012

Facebook redefines freedom of speech

No sooner had we sent our complaint to the United Nations under Article 19 (freedom of expression) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (see previous blog), than Facebook blocked me from sharing an excellent article critical of the Catholic hierarchy on non-religious group walls because, according to Facebook, it contains abusive content. This is the second time Facebook has done this (see blog of 19 June N4CM website navigation menu vandalised: Mission and Honorary Associates pages in About inaccessible).

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Written by an ex-Anglican priest, the article draws information from N4CM Chairman Dr Stephen Mumford's book, "The Life and Death of NSSM 200: How the Destruction of Political Will Doomed a U.S. Population Policy", which can be freely read on the N4CM website. In fact, I had been given permission to republish the piece by the author. He was far from pleased to learn that his writing had been censored by Facebook.