Do Countries or political parties censor Facebook, or does Facebook censor its self . Censorship of Facebook has happened because of the open nature of Facebook; several countries have interfered with or banned access to it, including Syria, China, Iran, Vietnam and the United Kingdom. Australia Facebook has a total of 10 million users, thats almost half the population. Australia also requires people to state when they sign-up that they are at least 13 years of age. But, because there is currently no way to formally enforce the age limit, in July 2011 Australia began considering giving parents access to their children's pages, requiring proof of age at sign-up, and increasing the age limit to 18.China
In Mainland China, Facebook was blocked following the July 2009 Ürümqi riots because Xinjiang independence activists were using Facebook as part of their communications network. Some Chinese users also believed that Facebook would never succeed and was just a fad.
Facebook was blocked for a few days in Egypt during the 2011 Egyptian protests.
Blocks Facebook as "abusive" and "insecure" if the word Freemason appears on a page.
During the 2009 election in Iran, the Facebook was banned because of fears that opposition movements were using Facebook to get organized.
Mauritius, banned Facebook with immediate effect, on the 8th November 2007 because of a fake profile page of the Prime Minister. Facebook was not off line long as access to Facebook was restored on the next day.
A citizen of Morocco, was arrested on February 5, 2008 for the alleged creation of a fake Facebook profile of Prince Moulay Rachid of Morocco.
Syrian government blocked Facebook and explained their ban by claiming the web site promoted attacks on authorities of Syria.The government also feared Israeli infiltration of Syrian social networks on Facebook. Facebook was also used by Syrian citizens to criticize the government of Syria, and public criticism of the Syrian government is punishable by imprisonment. But most of the Syrian people reach Facebook by a banned gateway which is a gate to banned websites. Syria claims that they do not want to have a prominent website created by a Jew to have presence in the country. Left Home of Facebook CEO
In the UK on April 28, 2011, the day before the Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, a number of politically motivated Facebook groups and pages were removed or suspended from the website as part of a nationwide crackdown on political activity. Most of these groups were mostly concerned with opposition to government spending cuts, and many were used to organize demonstrations in a continuation of the 2010 UK student protests.This coincided with a series of pre-emptive arrests of known activists. Amongst those arrested were a street theater group planning a performance in opposition to the monarchy, whose members included a 66-year-old professor of anthropology,and five people who were in the wrong place at the wrong time dressed as zombies who were drinking tea in Starbucks at the time of the arrests.
Access to Facebook became intermittent in mid-November 2009 and major ISPs were swamped by complaints. Some technicians confirmed being ordered by the government to block access to Facebook while government officials denied it.
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We do not allow anyone including Adults to be on Facebook longer than 30 minutes.
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