Facebook Confirms It Pulled Operation Payback Page

Facebook has confirmed that it banned the Operation Payback page created by a group of hackers to show support for WikiLeaks.

Facebook has confirmed that it banned the Operation Payback page created by a group of hackers to show support for WikiLeaks.

While numerous fan pages sprouted up on Facebook also calling themselves Operation Payback, they were supporters of the original page created by the activist hacker group called Anonymous.

Operation Payback started out hacking online piracy opponents, and only this month directed its distributed denial of service attacks on companies that oppose WikiLeaks.

Anonymous has boasted of these attacks through Operation Payback pages on Facebook and Twitter, which have both pulled the group’s accounts.

Huffington Post first reported the ban by the two social networks. A spokesperson for Facebook confirmed in an email that the site has indeed yanked the Operation Payback page:

We take our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities seriously and react quickly to reports of inappropriate or illegal content and behavior. In this case, we removed a Page because it was promoting a DDOS attack.

The WikiLeaks Page on Facebook does not violate our policies and remains up. We haven’t received any official requests to disable it, nor any notification that the articles posted on the Page contain unlawful content.

Facebook’s continued tolerance of WikiLeaks contrasts the stance of web company, Amazon, which stopped hosting the classified document sharing site. Others that have cut off various services to WikiLeaks, arousing the ire of Operation Payback, include Visa, PayPal, MasterCard and PostBank.

But now that Facebook has pulled the Operation Payback page, the social network has gotten itself further involved in a controversy. What do you think of the drama swirling around WikiLeaks, plus its proponents and opponents?