Facebook Gets Snagged In Tibet-China Conflict

Facebook lists Tibetan capital Lhasa as a Chinese city rather than one in Tibet, and nonprofit group Tibettruth mounted an online campaign to change that.

Facebook lists Tibetan capital Lhasa as a Chinese city rather than one in Tibet, and nonprofit group Tibettruth mounted an online campaign to change that.

Mashable reported that the group, which describes itself as “an advocate for justice, human rights, and independence for the people of Tibet,” offered instructions on how to send a message on the topic to Facebook Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg.

Tibettruth wrote:

We are asking that Facebook kindly review its current profile format to enable Tibetans to select as their hometown Lhasa, Tibet. Currently, when Tibetans open an account, they are denied that choice and can only select Lhasa, Xizang, China — an option that endorses the bogus claim that Tibet is part of China.

We recognize and welcome the fact that the administrators of this socially responsible organization respect and are committed to human rights, justice, democratic values, and freedom.

As such, we are hopeful that they will have no objection to allowing Tibetans worldwide the freedom to select for a profile their hometown of Lhasa, Tibet, and not be forced to choose an option that perpetuates China’s cynical fabrication. We look forward to a positive response from Facebook.

Lhasa is the capital of the Tibetan Autonomous Region, which China claims as part of its territory, while many in Tibet feel otherwise, calling it Tibetan land.The battle over this region has been ongoing since China occupied it in 1950.

Readers: Do you think Facebook should honor the request by Tibettruth, or stay out of this dispute?