Twitter, Facebook won’t block Wikileaks, for now


Twitter denied that it is censoring WikiLeaks from its list of trending topics, while Facebook says the Wikileaks Facebook Page does not violate their content standards. Looks like Wikileaks accounts on both social networking services are safe –at least, for now.

Wikileaks has more than 400,000 followers on Twitter and the Wikileaks page on Facebook has nearly 1 million fans.

Twitter says:

Twitter is not censoring #wikileaks, #cablegate or other related terms from the Trends list of trending topics. Our Trends list is designed to help people discover the most breaking news from across the world, in real-time. The list is generated by an algorithm that identifies topics that are being talked about more right now than they were previously.

Could Twitter offer some specific explanation why phrases like “Inception” or “Oil Spill” could constantly trend? Another weird explanation –not from Twitter– saying that #wikileaks cannot trend because it’s also a username. But why does #FollowFriday or #JustinBieber or #TheWalkingDead, which is also a username, trend?

Okay, let’s wait until Twitter or another could provide a better explanation on this. Now let’s take a look at Facebook, which seems to say Wikileaks account is safe.

Facebook says:

The Wikileaks Facebook Page does not violate our content standards nor have we encountered any material posted on the page that violates our policies.

But, according to CNET, that’s just a well-crafted statement and keeps leaving open possibility Facebook change their decision –yeah, since a congressman wants WikiLeaks listed as terrorist group. Same thing with Twitter case: Asked whether Twitter will permit the Wikileaks account to remain online or might be shut down sometime soon, Twitter’s Matt Graves says, “We’ve got no additional comment beyond the statement.”

Despite Wikileaks leader Julian Assange is hiding on the run now, but he may be named TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2010, according to in the magazine’s online poll.

UPDATE —Just in: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested at a London police station: reports (via @abcnews)
UPDATE 2:  Belfast Telegraph reports:

Scotland Yard has confirmed that Julian Assange has been arrested by police in England.

A warrant had been processed by the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency and was sent by the Metropolitan Police.

Mr Assange, believed to be residing in South-east England, is a suspect in a case in which two women claim they were sexually attacked by him when he visited Sweden in August this year.


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