Date
20 August 2017
Facebook rejected Fung Ka-keung's photo frame on the grounds that that it involved degrading or threatening content. On Monday, the photo frame (right) was allowed to go through. Photos: Facebook/Fung Ka Keung
Facebook rejected Fung Ka-keung's photo frame on the grounds that that it involved degrading or threatening content. On Monday, the photo frame (right) was allowed to go through. Photos: Facebook/Fung Ka Keung

Facebook sorry for banning post calling for redress of June 4

A photo calling on Beijing to redress the 1989 democracy protests has been allowed on a Facebook account with an apology from the social media network.

The incident spurred heated discussions on the internet because Facebook had at first disallowed its public posting, news website hk01.com reports.

The photo was created by Fung Ka-keung, chief executive of the Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union, who used Facebook’s photo frame function.

It came a week before the 28th anniversary of the bloody June 4 crackdown on activists in Tiananmen Square.

In the photo, Fung wrote “Vindicate June 4″ and “End dictatorial rule”. He planned to share it with other netizens.

However, Fung said Facebook rejected the post on Sunday on the grounds that the content involved “degrading, threatening or attacking a specific target, organization, race or group and therefore violates the terms and policies regarding use of the photo frame function”.

On Monday, the photo frame was approved for posting after rival discussions on social media.

Francis Fong, honorary chairman of the Hong Kong Information Technology Federation, told Ming Pao Daily that he asked Facebook about the reversal of its decision and was told by a spokesman that the previous denial of the photo was a “careless” mistake, which has been corrected.

The spokesman also allegedly apologized for what happened.

Fong said it was unknown whether the denial had anything to do with Facebook’s plan to enter the Chinese market.

Facebook said it does screen sensitive content posted by users but added it has the right to reject posts it considers inappropriate.

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