Monday, June 19, 2017

Facebook's 21st block against our Church and State website since 1 December 2015 (WITH UPDATE 26/6/2017)

Re: Blocks on public access to our Church and State website since 26 July 2016

From the Update 26 June (8.37am) below:

"I have updated my blog post of 16 January with this morning's 517th block on public access to our Church and State website since 26 July 2016. The blog post also not only reveals a record-breaking 52 such blocks in one week at the end of April (an unprecedented escalation that kicked off with our focus on Denmark's cartoon crisis; 94 blocks last month), but it reveals the daily targeting to fluctuating degrees of category pages throughout the site which continues to this day."

An unprecedented ten blocks in one day on 7 May with our publication of Atheist Ireland republishes 25 blasphemous quotes in solidarity with Stephen Fry. 11 blocks last week; no blocks yesterday; one block since midnight today (as of 26 June at 8.37am).

The War on Free Expression



Yesterday public access to our Church and State website was denied five times. I have updated my blog post of 16 January with yesterday evening's 505th block on access to the site since 26 July 2016. This afternoon I have been stopped by Facebook from posting to groups without first passing through a time-consuming security check for every post I wish to make. This, as revealed below, is Facebook's 21st block against our Church and State website since 1 December 2015; they themselves call it a block in the video above. Don Collins, President of the Washington, DC-based International Services Assistance Fund, writes: "Glad you compiled this odious record of mistaken blockage. What possesses the site? Surely after multiple postings they must know your content is neither lewd nor extreme." My appeal reads:

For the attention of Mark Zuckerberg, Chairman, Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Facebook

19 June 2017

Dear Facebook,

I wish to appeal your decision this afternoon to stop me from posting to groups without first passing through a time-consuming security check for every post I wish to make (called by Facebook a "block"), and this for an undisclosed period of time and without any stated reason.

Before this block, I had not posted to groups at all today; and yesterday, as always, I only posted to groups that are specific to an article's subject and that I am well familiar with. I have made a video of the security check I must pass through to post to groups; it can be viewed at http://tinypic.com/m/jq5c2p/1. In this video I am trying to post Prof. Paul Cliteur's New York Times article "Terror Has Already Led to Self-Restraint" to the closed group Sam Harris & The Future of Reason, of which I am a member. Prof. Cliteur is Professor of Jurisprudence, Leiden University (the Netherlands) and is one of our listed Authors.

This is Facebook's 21st block since 1 December 2015.

1st 1-4 December 2015 (4 days)
2nd 5-7 December 2015 (3 days)
3rd 6-9 January 2016 (4 days)
4th 12-15 January 2016 (4 days)
5th 20-22 January 2016 (3 days)
6th 13-16 February 2016 (4 days)
7th 23-26 March 2016 (4 days)
8th 20-23 May 2016 (4 days)
9th 25-30 May 2016 (6 days)
10th 1-3 July 2016 (3 days)
11th 7-8 September 2016 (2 days)
12th 21-22 September 2016 (3 days)
13th 27-28 September 2016 (2 days)
14th 29 September - 3 October 2016 (5 days)
15th 4-5 October 2016 (2 days)
16th 18-23 October 2016 (6 days)
17th 9-14 December 2016 (6 days)
18th 4-6 January 2017 (3 days)
19th 20-23 January 2017 (4 days)
20th 17 May 2017 (1 day)

Facebook has responded to only three of the 20 appeals listed above, citing "technical problems" in each instance. Don Collins, President of the Washington DC-based International Services Assistance Fund (and who is another one of our authors), writes: "Surely after multiple postings [Facebook] must know your content is neither lewd nor extreme." I only post to groups articles that I have already published on our Church and State website.

Please note that we currently have an international list of 121 Honorary Associates, including two Nobel prize winners. Since Facebook's 16th block last October, 91 distinguished scholars from around the world have given us permission to add their names to the list.

Thank you in advance for your assistance in this matter.

Yours faithfully,

Lola Heavey
Webmaster
Network for Church Monitoring

"Let me recommend an important web site - churchandstate.org.uk. Operating out of London this well-designed and exciting web site covers church-state, population, climate change and other issues. Check it out." - Edd Doerr, President, Americans for Religious Liberty

2 October: Complaint to Facebook Chairman, Chief Executive and Co-Founder Mark Zuckerberg on day 4 of Facebook's 14th block since 1 December 2015

Re: Facebook

Draft paragraph 42 of Declan's next updated complaint to the United Nations under Article 19 (freedom of expression) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

42. On 13 August 2011, then Home Office Minister Lynne Featherstone wrote to Facebook on the Applicant's behalf, asking that they explain why the Applicant's wife had been barred. The bar was subsequently lifted; however, since 1 December 2015, Facebook have blocked the Applicant's wife from posting to a pages and/or groups on 21 separate occasions, and up to six days at a time (each of these blocks is well accounted for in the N4CM blog). On 22 December 2015, Labour's Lyn Brown, then Shadow Home Office Minister and now Shadow Home Secretary, made an enquiry on the Applicant's behalf to Facebook UK Managing Director Steve Hatch asking if he could offer an explanation as to the terms and conditions the Applicant's wife was alleged to have broken twice previously. To the best of the Applicant's knowledge, Mr Hatch did not respond to this letter. The Applicant's wife only ever posts to groups that are specific to an article's subject and that she is well familiar with, and she only ever posts articles that she has already published on the Church and State website. Nonetheless, Facebook have responded to only three of the Applicant's wife's 21 appeals since 1 December 2015, citing "technical problems" in each instance.

1st 1-4 December 2015 (4 days)
2nd 5-7 December 2015 (3 days)
3rd 6-9 January 2016 (4 days)
4th 12-15 January 2016 (4 days)
5th 20-22 January 2016 (3 days)
6th 13-16 February 2016 (4 days)
7th 23-26 March 2016 (4 days)
8th 20-23 May 2016 (4 days)
9th 25-30 May 2016 (6 days)
10th 1-3 July 2016 (3 days)
11th 7-8 September 2016 (2 days)
12th 21-22 September 2016 (3 days)
13th 27-28 September 2016 (2 days)
14th 29 September - 3 October 2016 (5 days)
15th 4-5 October 2016 (2 days)
16th 18-23 October 2016 (6 days)
17th 9-14 December 2016 (6 days)
18th 4-6 January 2017 (3 days)
19th 20-23 January 2017 (4 days)
20th 17 May 2017 (1 day)
21st 19 June 2017 (day 1)

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Facebook UK Managing Director Steve Hatch

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UPDATE 26 June (8.37am): When it comes to stopping me from posting Church and State articles directly to pages and/or groups, Facebook's 21st block since 1 December 2015 was confined to 19 June (one day). There's no telling what's next from Facebook. This is my report of 6 June citing four other kinds of Facebook blocks of late (the fourth block recorded as a 16-day block against an excerpt from a book by one of France's leading public intellectuals):

6 June 2017

Dear Facebook,

On 5 April I reported that the page listing all the groups I belong to was not working. With this rectified, I reported on 10 April that I couldn't schedule posts on my page. Then I reported on 12 April that my scheduled posts were not posting. Now, since 8pm last night, every time I post to my page a link to an excerpt from a book by one of France's leading public intellectuals, it disappears from the page as soon as it is posted (please see my video at https://youtu.be/QPyOaQUYqUs). Please could you fix this for me.

Thank you in advance for your assistance in this matter.

Regards,
Lola Heavey
https://www.facebook.com/networkforchurchmonitoring/

UPDATE 26 June (continued): As I have informed Facebook, we have an international list of 121 Honorary Associates, including two Nobel Prize winners. Since Facebook's 16th block against our Church and State website last October, 91 distinguished scholars (in April, 22 academics) have given us permission to add their names to the list. Nonetheless, the blocks on public access to our Church and State website continue unabated. I have updated my blog post of 16 January with this morning's 517th block on public access to our Church and State website since 26 July 2016. The blog post also not only reveals a record-breaking 52 such blocks in one week at the end of April (an unprecedented escalation that kicked off with our focus on Denmark's cartoon crisis; 94 blocks last month), but it reveals the daily targeting to fluctuating degrees of category pages throughout the site which continues to this day. For example, as I point out in an earlier blog post about the almost certain loss of our employment contracts to the United States by Royal Mail (as opposed to the United States Postal Service), the second article below has 1/2 million Facebook likes/shares (not zero):



UPDATE 26 June (continued): And it's not just Facebook blocks, blocks on public access to our Church and State website and the daily targeting to fluctuating degrees of category pages throughout the site that Declan and I are dealing with these days. We have also been dealing with Internet cuts since 26 May. See my blog post of 21 June, Internet cuts: We feel we are in a race against time to stay online (WITH UPDATE 26/6/2017 RE: 26th Internet cut since 26 May 2017).

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20 February: The Central London County Court: District Judge Avent dismisses Declan's claim against the Greater London Authority-commissioned St Mungo's that alleged the falsification and fabrication of data against us (WITH UPDATE 16/3/2017)

'Let me recommend an important web site churchandstate.org.uk. Operating out of London this well-designed and exciting web site covers church-state, population, climate change and other issues. Check it out.' - Edd Doerr, President, Americans for Religious Liberty