Proposed Facebook-Police Partnerships Could Make Planning Protests Impossible

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RT reports that a convention this week in Philadelphia discussed the possibility of a stronger partnership between Facebook and police forces all over the world. This partnership would be organised in a way that allows Facebook to block and/or reveal details on users, at the request of police forces, who are deemed to have posted criminal content or who are involved in criminal activity. The partnership is potentially worrying because police forces may use such a partnership to crack down on protests. Indeed in the USA we’ve seen a trend in recent years for American police forces to not only criminalise protests, but to also use excessive violence to contain them further inflaming what are already emotionally-charged events. reports that one of the speakers who was unable to attend, Facebook security chief Joe Sullivan who is a former federal prosecutor, was due to hold a speech entitled  “Helping Law Enforcement Respond to Mass Gatherings Spurred by Social Media”.

Is Facebook really working with the police to create a kill switch to stop activists from using the website to mobilize support for political demonstrations?” the PrivacySOS blog asked. “How would such a switch function? Would Facebook, which reportedly hands over our data to government agencies at no cost, block users from posting on its website simply because the police ask them to? The company has been criticized before for blocking environmentalist and anti-GMO activists from posting, but Facebook said those were mistakes. Let’s hope this is a misunderstanding, too.”

What are your thoughts on Facebook and police partnerships? Are they a good idea to make policing more efficient? Or will they be abused by police forces and law-makers to crack-down on democratic protests?

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  • Voidflakes

    I do apologise for any foul language used, as there will be plenty from the start, but here are my thoughts on the above:

    Fuck you, police. And fuck you, Facebook! We have Freedom Of Speech precisely to STOP this kind of censoring. By all means, PLEASE feel free to continue hunting paedophiles, rapists and the like, we all welcome seeing bad people brought to justice. But to try and silence the masses on extremely important global matters, in what is supposed to be a Democracy?! Fuck off. You wankers.

    • Plagen

      America and some other countries have free speech. But, if this involves police reports all over the world, then of course some will use this to silence protesters who speak out against dictatorship or other tyranny. It doesn’t necessarily mean that the police/governments in free speech countries will do this and block free speech.

  • Gerry Mann

    Where’s the privacy gone at?

  • André C

    people will just find elsewhere, simple…. and for those who ask about privacy, do you thik ANYTHING you ever put to FB stays for your eyes only? I mean even most stuff you post on the net