July 8, 2010

Facebook Intellectual Freedom Issue (Political Repression)

Just a quick link without comment to an IF issue that I think deserves the ALA establishment’s attention. Rowland Keshena of the Speed of Dreams blog has posted an item about Facebook’s recent actions shutting down Left-oriented groups and freezing their group administrators’ accounts: “Cataloging Political Repression on Facebook.” Some of the groups that have been shut down will not be very sympathetic to some people (e.g., most recently, a group devoted to freeing a FARC political prisoner), but even the liberal IF establishment says IF is about “protecting the speech we hate.” (And I think many Library Juice readers might be sympathetic to a number of the facebook groups that have been shut down recently.) Thanks to Jim Madigan for posting this link to the PLG discussion list.