Facebook Not Disconnecting Wikileaks – Yet

Wikileaks has been feeling the chill since it released a quarter of million documents just last week. Several major operators disconnected themselves from the site, but Twitter and Facebook continue to stand by the site.

Wikileaks has been feeling the chill since it released a quarter of million documents just last week. Several major operators disconnected themselves from the site. Amazon was the first when they stopped hosting the site. Paypal soon followed when it shut down its account. Visa suspended payments, and the other major credit card, Mastercard, said they would do the same on Tuesday.

However, the site continues to have a presence on both Twitter and Facebook. It looks like Wikileaks will stay alive in a social media sense. At least, that is how it looks for now. Facebook made the decision on Monday to not disconnect Wikileaks Facebook page.

Mike Issac with Forbes received the following statement early today from Andrew Noyes, a representative of Facebook: “The page is fairly benign, mostly serving as a list of links to news outlets with Wikileaks coverage and updates on the status of the organization itself.”

There is nothing at all wrong with the content, so there is no need to take down the page. In fact, Wikileaks has broken no laws here by releasing the documents in the manner it did. Unless charges are filed, Facebook might keep turning a blind eye and whistling the same tune. The actions of Wikileaks might not be favorable in the eyes of most of the online world right now, but until a law has been broken there will be no changes made to Wikileaks Facebook page.

Would Facebook see things differently if they offered a paying service to Wikileaks? The sites and services that have severed their connection to the site all had business relationships with Wikileaks. Facebook only hosts a social media page. Would the tune be different if the relationship was more business related? That is just some food for thought in this latest development for Wikileaks.