Less than two months after Facebook administrators removed former president Rafael Correa’s “fan page” from its platform, a new page has been removed. Administrators cited the same “international political persecution” rules violation that prompted the April 11 removal. The new page lasted less than 24 hours before being taken down Friday morning.
“We have long had a policy that prohibits the creation of new pages, groups, events or accounts similar to others that we have already eliminated for violating our community guidelines,” Facebook said in response to questions, refusing to give details. Correa’s original fan page included personal contact information about what he called “enemies of the Citizens Revolution,” a violation of Facebook rules for protecting the privacy of individuals.
On his Twitter account, Correa attacked Facebook’s decision, calling it a violation of his human rights. “These people talk about freedom of expression yet they rob me of the right to express myself. They rob a million and a half people of their right to follow me.”