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 January 21, 2011  Online

This morning, I expressed some concerns about Facebook’s statement to Bob McMillan. I was therefore somewhat surprised to see this statement by Jorge Cino on All Facebook this afternoon:

Facebook’s fight against government pressure to cut ties with WikiLeaks and release the personal data of those users might seem to contradict how the social network operates with respect to third-party developers, although neither happens without permission.

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As you probably know by now, the U.S. government has been eager to shut down WikiLeaks and has in turn put pressure on private companies such as Visa, Mastercard, Amazon, and Facebook to cut ties with the controversial website, although the social network didn’t cave in like the others.

To my knowledge, Facebook has not claimed that there has been any pressure to cut ties with WikiLeaks users nor acknowledged any request for user information.

So where is there any evidence that they are “fighting government pressure?” Have I missed some statement from Facebook, or is Jorge giving them too much credit?

And of course, Jorge omits the one company that really did fight government pressure – Twitter.

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