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Wikileaks tweet Facebook deleting  their fan page. Picture: Twitter Source: Supplied

WHISTLEBLOWER website Wikileaks claims it has had its Facebook page deleted.

According to the WikiLeaks Twitter account,  the website had more than 30,000 fans at the time it was deleted.

The accompanying note read the page had been disabled because it "promotes illegal acts".

However, another page claiming to be the official WikiLeaks page remains on Facebook, with some 500+ fans.

That page says at the time of its launch on April 13, that it was "waiting for the fans to be migrated from other pages".

A Facebook spokeswoman said the page with 30,000 members could have been taken down for a number of reasons, most likely because it had received a complaint from a member about objectionable comtent.

She said such a complaint could take any length of time to action, depending on the nature of what was being posted.

There had been no change in Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities that would suddenly render the content of WikiLeaks’ page objectionable.

WikiLeaks' fame as an online publisher of sensitive government and business documents has grown rapidly since it was launched in 2006.

Most recently, it found fame for posting US military footage of soldiers in a helicopter circling a group of "non-hostile" men in Baghdad before opening fire on them.

WikiLeaks posted a link to the footage on its Facebook site, then claimed Facebook censored it, a claim which Facebook denied.

The site has been the target of several similar hush attempts since it was launched in 2006.

One document posted on WikiLeaks outlines what it says is a US Intelligence plan to destroy WikiLeaks.

It also claims online payment service PayPal had suspended its donation account and frozen its assets on several occasions for "no obvious reason".

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  • Wilson of Melbourne Posted at 11:15 AM April 22, 2010

    This is whats wrong with facebook... one complaint and they remove your site. Then when you speak with them they tell you "speak with the person who complained" - we had a fansite up for a business and a competitor complained saying they found it offensive and our site was gone... and we cant get it back up.... might change though when they run out of cash and look to the business community as they need to make money!

  • george of Brisbane Posted at 10:56 AM April 22, 2010

    This is why we can't have an internet filter.

  • Morgan Hearst of Canberra Posted at 10:56 AM April 22, 2010

    What protection your first amendment now America? Corporations don't vote but have extraordinary powers.

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