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Facebook unpublishes The Siberian Times page, again

By The Siberian Times
26 December 2019

We firmly believe we haven’t violated any rules. Please support us via FB appeal centre.

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Dear Team Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg (CEO), Sir Nick Clegg (Vice-President for Global Affairs and Communications),

Happy Boxing Day to those of you who celebrate it. 

The Siberian Times page on Facebook was unpublished two days ago on Christmas Eve. 

We were told that the page had 'violated a community rule’, but there was not a word to say which one. 

We are sincerely at a loss to understand which rule we could have violated. 

IF we have, we are ready to fix the problem, if only we can be informed what it is. 

We are tiny entirely independent media, and while our Facebook audience is small - but growing - we treasure each and every person who reads us via your platform. 

Please will you reconsider. 

Thank you,

Team The Siberian Times

Comments (20)

Facebook insults with impunity. Contemptible half assed group of biased censors.
Tess Lawrence, Orlando. florida
15/01/2020 22:35
I have never seen anything on this page other than beautiful photos of wildlife and amazing scenery.
Avril, Ireland
13/01/2020 15:36
algorithms gone mad again? i can visit white supremacist nazi pages on fb , but not siberian times ? good grief.fix you software its an embarrassment fb. last week you blocked scottish history. what next?
tipaton, canada
06/01/2020 12:16
Siberian Times is a fine newspaper.
Facebook is a sorry excuse for a social media site.
Kevin Guernier, USA
05/01/2020 00:50
I immediately missed seeing The Siberian Times Facebook Page when it was removed. I'm REALLY not understanding why the page was removed while obscene and hate-filled pages are allowed.
Rose Panieri, Chicago, Illinois
04/01/2020 07:25
The Siberian Times is one of my most treasured FB pages. I think of all the unintelligible garbage that is accepted by FB, and I am truly stymied! And also very concerned. The need for humanity to come together across the planet is dire (and I'm sure I don't have to explain that one for anyone who is even minutely aware). The Siberian Times offers not only a forum for cultural awareness, but also for heartful sharing. Get a grip Facebook!
Margaret, Toronto, Canada
04/01/2020 06:37
Ugo, Milan
03/01/2020 02:34
For what reason can we not follow Siberian Times on Facebook? I simply do not understand why. I certainly like to see things of a part of the world so far away from me.
Jette Vistisen, Herning, Denmark
01/01/2020 22:31
You just keep on doing what you do. F* Facebook. Your stories are interesting, different, heart-touching.
David Romera, Valladolid, Spain
29/12/2019 13:46
What is the appeal center? How do I find it? I'd support you but not sure how to help.
LJB, Chicago/United States
29/12/2019 08:13
The thing is you cannot tell the truth, FB like so much of the left only want storys that suit them, never the truth
Alex, Sweden
28/12/2019 23:23
I guess the only fault of "The Siberian Times" is simply, that You are Russians ! - Your peaceful articles and Your illustrations of a wonderful, vast and free country just does not fit the made-up picture, which some powers want to create about You. - And of course, all these orchestrated campaigns against Your country with an old and rich European culture, happen just in the name of democracy, free press, freedom of speech, christianity, and in the name of humanity most of all ...
Jan Haman, Geislingen - Germany
28/12/2019 19:30
I'm with Barbara (Anders, et al). I wish Siberian Times well, in whatever it wants to do & be.

If you want to be on Facebook, you know what they want, and we know that you know. You check your little attitude-thingie as you know FB wants, and all will be fine.

Like Barbara, I have never signed up for, do not look at FB, nor in my case any social media. I was too busy working with WordPress, etc, so I can be my own publisher/platform. But social is not inherently bad, only the notion that FB eg is (or has any business being) the world's attitude-police.

Hint: Russian culture will probably (hopefully!) never excel at Facebook-compliance. Instead, perhaps consider something like "THE SIBERIAN TIMES (banned on Facebook!)". woo hoo ;)
Ted Clayton, Forks, USA
28/12/2019 19:12
I hope you are reinstated, if you wish to be.

I never signed up for Fascistbook. It's ability to violate your privacy was clear from the beginning. Never wanted "friends" I don't know.
Now, they are more dangerous and biased than I could have imagined. I put nothing past them.
Barbara, Spokane, USA
28/12/2019 03:53
Maybe you are the victim of a faulty algorithm. It is simply inexplicable that a paper that reports nothing but positive, uplifting, non-offensive, entertaining, and informative stories should be banned.
Could it be because 'Siberia' is in the masthead, and Russia is to be demonised?
Even though I'm not a member of Facebook and it doesn't affect me I hope this 'unpublishing' just an error and is rescinded. Siberian Times' reporting is how we wish the news was published.
robert, Toronto Canada
28/12/2019 00:38

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