Facebook enemies can shut you down

Facebook has been shutting the accounts of users whose enemies have been claiming that their page is packed with copyrighted material.

Apparently if you want to stop someone saying anything bad about you on their facebook page, the best way is to claim that your page is using copyrighted material and write a DCMA take-down notice.

Apparently this is being used by companies who don’t like Facebook pages being run by online technology magazines.

Ars Technica said that its Facebook page had became inaccessible, with no warning, no explanation, and no clear appeal process.

It has no idea who complained, what copyrighted material was on the page and indeed on what basis Facebook had pulled the page.

“To make matters worse, Facebook is not responsive to inquiries about account lockout, and the company provides absolutely zero useful direction on how to rectify a complaint,” Ars suggested.

It looks like Facebook had summoned a judge, jury, and executioner and carried out its swift brand of Justice all without bothering to let us know that there was even a problem.

Facebook’s reporting system is remarkably like the process adopted in Salem which gave such sterling justice to men and women accused of witchcraft.

All someone has to do is make an anonymous allegation and they don’t even to have to invent any spectral evidence. The person complaining has to provide an e-mail address but, er, that is it. The email can be spoofed of course.

Other people to lose a Facebook page include Neowin. So far the only way for it to get its page back is to get the original complainant to retract the claim. Apparently it tried to file a countercomplaint but Facebook ignored it and said that the site had to contact the complainant and resolve it with them or take them to court.