Date : 13 October 2010
Press Statement by Malaysians for Beng Hock Campaign
The Malaysians for Beng Hock movement hereby regrettably inform the Malaysian public that the publishing right of our Facebook page “Malaysians for Beng Hock” has been blocked by Facebook since September 9, 2010. Hence we have to open a new Facebook page, entitled “Malaysians for Beng Hock2” *¹ as well as a twitter account “Msians4benghock”*².
We urge all concerned members of the public to follow these two internet accounts to obtain the latest information on the movement.
Explanation on blocking of publication rights:
Statement of Rights and Responsibilities: http://www.facebook.com/chinhuatw#!/terms.php?ref=pf
Terms for pages: http://www.facebook.com/terms_pages.php
For the record, we have been responsible in publishing information and most of the comments are also rational and self-controlled. We regret that Facebook has refused to entertain our complaints when we contact them through the emails found through external search engine: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
The penalty unilaterally imposed by Facebook is simply a violation to the principles of natural justice, transparency and public accountability that the civilised world holds dearly. It speaks volume of the danger of cyber autocracy when the Facebook is now the third largest “country” in the world by population.
The arbitrary and undemocratic governance of Facebook on its users is not only tyrannical in itself, it is open to manipulation by authoritarian regimes to shut down facebook activism by making a lot of or high-powered complaints. In our knowledge, at least two other politically-critical pages –
‘Justice for Beng Bock’ and ‘save Jamal on Air’ pages were also terminated by Facebook without reasons. As both the death of Beng Hock and sacking of 988 deejay Jamaluddin Ibrahim are both highly controversial issues in Malaysia, these raise the legitimate suspicion if such blocking was the outcome of some backdoor crackdown operation on new media, made possible by Facebook’s arbitrary governance. We are vigilantly monitoring the development and urge other victim of such arbitrary blocking to contact us.
We wish to remind Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg he has to act responsibly and accountably to the 500 million users worldwide. While Facebook is free, it does have to rely on users’ goodwill to attract advertisements. If Facebook insists on its authoritarian and arbitrary governance, there are other social networking websites that netizens can migrate to and shrink the size of the Facebook empire.
Chong Kok Siong
Malaysians for Beng Hock
012-2138610 (Only for media enquiry)