Target: Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg
Goal: Don’t censor photos from Monsanto protest
Facebook unrightfully censored free speech by suspending the account that posted a photograph of children rallying against Monsanto during the global March Against Monsanto. The popular social media networking site, Facebook, has previously marred its credibility by censoring items on Facebook. Now, Facebook has not only censored another post, violating the right to free speech, but also caved in to pressure from Monsanto and big agriculture. Facebook should be condemned for censoring these pictures.
The pictures that Facebook censored show two children that are holding hand-drawn signs that read: “Organic Food- It’s My Medicine – Label GMOs – Say no to GMO” and “Biopesticides = Autism – Say no to GMO.” The mother of these children shared the photo on Facebook and had her account immediately suspended. Facebook displayed a message on her account that read “Facebook: You have been restricted from Interacting With Pages until Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 6:47pm.” Now the woman can only re-post other people’s content but is disallowed from posting her own content.
It is unclear why Facebook censored these photos and this action leaves users wondering what corporate pressures or influence the site is responding to. The action greatly impacts their credibility not only because of the controversial subject matter involving genetically modified food and corporate agriculture, but also because this action violates Facebook users’ right to free speech. Facebook should be condemned for censoring its users on the Internet.
Dear Mark Zuckerberg,
Facebook unrightfully censored free speech by suspending the account of a woman that posted a photograph of her children rallying against Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) during the global March Against Monsanto. Facebook has previously censored items on Facebook and as a result marred its credibility. This petition is to condemn Facebook for caving to outside pressures and censoring its users’ right to free speech.
It is unclear why Facebook censored these photos and this action leaves users wondering what corporate pressures or influence the site is responding to. Such activities impact the trust users have in Facebook. Facebook should seriously consider the impact that unlawful censorship will have on its reputation and legitimacy.
[Your Name Here]
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