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Ukrainians ask Facebooks's Mark Zuckerberg to muzzle the Russians

Social network CEO is asked to choose sides in Ukraine
Mon Sep 01 2014, 14:36
Zuckerberg has been asked to intervene between Russian and the Ukraine

UKRAINIAN FACEBOOK users have written to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and asked him to support their side against Russian social networkers.

A report at the Globalvoicesonline website points us to a Facebook post from the group and its concerns that Russians have a voice on Facebook.

A letter shared on the social networking website expresses the group's alarm about an alleged pro-Putin bias. They remind Zuckerberg about the importance of his medium for sharing its message, claiming that the system is biased against them by an insider.

"Prominent authors of Ukrainian Facebook segment are being more and more frequently attacked by organised pro-Putin groups of Russian users, whose actions are financed by the entities affiliated with the Russian authorities," says the letter.

"We have found out, that the Ukrainian segment of FB is administered by a person with Russian citizenship," the group wrote. It went on to allege, but provided no pertinent facts or citations, that Russia is "killing dozens of Ukrainians on a daily basis using heavy weaponry".

The letter is quite partisan, but it tells Zuckerberg that Facebook is known for its support of "freedom of speech" as opposed to "propaganda", and suggests that he has a humanitarian reputation.

"We are currently observing severe violation of these [principles] by the Russian administration of Ukrainian Facebook. Such obvious mismanagement encourages further informational war between Ukrainian and Russian people," it said.

"In light of the above mentioned facts, we hereby ask you to consider the possibility of changing the administrator of Ukrainian Facebook for a citizen of Ukraine or any neutral country, which has no vested interest in further escalation of the conflict."

We have asked Facebook to respond. µ


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