Great article here documenting a disturbing phenomenon that has seen scores of the biggest opposition Facebook pages in Syria simply disappear from view amid what appears to be an organised campaign by pro-regime activists. Pages that helped Storyful pinpoint the chemical attack on Eastern Ghouta have disappeared. Indeed, we noted the rapid acceleration of page closures in the wake of that massacre, starting with the pages closest to the epicentre of the attack. Since then, the closures have affected every corner of the country. From a journalistic point of view, Facebook pages that helped Storyful corroborate some of the most important content from Syria have been removed from the public domain. Most alarming of all is the suggestion here that there is little scrutiny of complaints that lead to the closures, and little recourse for those who find themselves censored.
Quote: “We continue our reporting attacks,” read a typical post from December 9 on the SEA’s Facebook page. “Our next target is the Local Coordination Committee of Barzeh [a neighborhood in Damascus], the page that is a partner in shedding Syrian blood and provoking sectarian division.” It then provided two links to photos on the Barzeh page that could get the page taken down. Soon afterwards, the SEA removed its post as if it had never existed."