Wednesday, April 05, 2017

19 Facebook blocks against our Church and State website; and now, for the first time, I have no access to the FB page with all the groups I belong to (WITH UPDATE 16/5/2017)

From the Update (16 May, 10.15am) below:

"I have just updated my blog post of 16 January with this morning's 421st block on public access to our Church and State website since 26 July 2016. The blog post also not only reveals a record-breaking 52 such blocks in one week at the end of last month (an unprecedented escalation that kicked off with our focus on Denmark's cartoon crisis; 52 blocks so far this month), but it reveals the daily targeting to fluctuating degrees of category pages throughout the site which continues to this day."

An unprecedented ten blocks in one day two weeks ago on 7 May with our publication of Atheist Ireland republishes 25 blasphemous quotes in solidarity with Stephen Fry. Sixteen blocks last week; two so far this week; one today.

The War on Free Expression

Yesterday public access to our Church and State website was denied a record-equalling seven times in one day. I have just updated my blog post of 16 January with this morning's 245th block on access to the site since 26 July 2016. We have also, as revealed below, experienced 19 Facebook blocks against our Church and State website since 1 December 2015. Don Collins, President of the Washington, DC-based International Services Assistance Fund, writes: "Glad you compiled this odious record of mistaken blockage. What possesses the site? Surely after multiple postings they must know your content is neither lewd nor extreme." Now, for the first time, I am unable to access the Facebook page listing all the groups I belong to. This is what I have been getting all day today:



And this is a record I have on disc of the start of the page I should be getting:



UPDATE 16 May (10.15am): It took Facebook three days to fix the page above (no response from them to my report of 5 April), then I couldn't schedule posts (two days), and then my scheduled posts were not posting (two days). This is my Facebook report of 12 April citing all three of these blocks:

12 April 2017

Dear Facebook,

On 5 April I reported that the page listing all the groups I belong to was not working. With this rectified, I reported on 10 April that I couldn't schedule posts. Now, since 10.05pm last night, my scheduled posts have not been posting (please see my screenshot attached). Please could you fix this for me.

Thanking you in advance for your assistance in this matter.

Regards,
Lola Heavey

UPDATE 16 May (continued): We currently have an international list of 117 Honorary Associates, including two Nobel Prize winners. Since Facebook's 16th block against our Church and State website last October, 87 distinguished scholars (22 academics last month) have given us permission to add their names to the list. Nonetheless, the blocks on public access to our Church and State website continue unabated. I have just updated my blog post of 16 January with this morning's 421st block on public access to our Church and State website since 26 July 2016. The blog post also not only reveals a record-breaking 52 such blocks in one week at the end of last month (an unprecedented escalation that kicked off with our focus on Denmark's cartoon crisis; 52 blocks so far this month), but it reveals the daily targeting to fluctuating degrees of category pages throughout the site which continues to this day. For example, as I point out in my previous blog post about the almost certain loss of our employment contracts to the United States by Royal Mail (as opposed to the United States Postal Service), the second article below has 1/2 million Facebook likes/shares (not zero):



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Re: Facebook

Draft paragraph 42 of Declan's next updated complaint to the United Nations under Article 19 (freedom of expression) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

42. On 13 August 2011, then Home Office Minister Lynne Featherstone wrote to Facebook on the Applicant's behalf, asking that they explain why the Applicant's wife had been barred. The bar was subsequently lifted; however, since 1 December 2015, Facebook have blocked the Applicant's wife from posting to pages and/or groups on nineteen separate occasions, and up to six days at a time (each of these blocks is well accounted for in the N4CM blog). On 22 December 2015, Shadow Home Office Minister Lyn Brown made an enquiry on the Applicant's behalf to Steve Hatch, the Managing Director of Facebook UK, asking if he could offer an explanation as to the terms and conditions the Applicant's wife was alleged to have broken twice previously. To the best of the Applicant's knowledge, Mr Hatch did not respond to this letter. The Applicant's wife only ever posts to groups that are specific to an article's subject and that she is well familiar with, and she only ever posts articles that she has already published on the Church and State website. Nonetheless, Facebook have responded to only one of the Applicant's wife's nineteen appeals since 1 December 2015, citing "technical problems" on 14 January 2017 in relation to the eighteenth block listed below.

1st 1-4 December 2015 (4 days)
2nd 5-7 December 2015 (3 days)
3rd 6-9 January 2016 (4 days)
4th 12-15 January 2016 (4 days)
5th 20-22 January 2016 (3 days)
6th 13-16 February 2016 (4 days)
7th 23-26 March 2016 (4 days)
8th 20-23 May 2016 (4 days)
9th 25-30 May 2016 (6 days)
10th 1-3 July 2016 (3 days)
11th 7-8 September 2016 (2 days)
12th 21-22 September 2016 (3 days)
13th 27-28 September 2016 (2 days)
14th 29 September - 3 October 2016 (5 days)
15th 4-5 October 2016 (2 days)
16th 18-23 October 2016 (6 days)
17th 9-14 December 2016 (6 days)
18th 4-6 January 2017 (3 days)
19th 20-23 January 2017 (4 days)

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Facebook UK Managing Director Steve Hatch

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From My Picks:

20 February: The Central London County Court: District Judge Avent dismisses Declan's claim against the Greater London Authority-commissioned St Mungo's that alleged the falsification and fabrication of data against us (WITH UPDATE 16/3/2017)

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