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Union flag pages under review as Facebook receives court order

A number of protest pages are currently unavailable in the UK as Facebook carries out its investigation.

Protests related to the Union flag issue have descended into violence on numerous occasions (file photo).
Protests related to the Union flag issue have descended into violence on numerous occasions (file photo).
Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

FACEBOOK IS CURRENTLY reviewing the content of a number of Facebook pages which are related to the Union flag issue in Northern Ireland.

Responding to a request from TheJournal.ie, a spokesperson from Facebook said that it was against the company’s rules to “encourage specific acts of violence” and that they “work hard to remove content quickly” once it has been reported to them.

They went on to say that despite their best efforts, “a tiny minority will always look to cause trouble, offline and online, but we work hard to build tools that help keep people safe.”

The company is believed to have received a court order in recent days which related to a number of protest pages which had been set up in light of the Union flag protests which began in early December.

The company’s legal team are believed to be reviewing it, which has led to certain pages no longer being accessible from the UK.

In determining whether the pages should be removed permanently, legal representation for the social media giant will need to ensure that freedom of expression and the right to protest are not infringed upon.

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