A modified version an image shared by Alison Klayman on Facebook. Her account has since been disabled.
Yikes! Looks like The Facebook has made another boneheaded move to royally piss off progressive Chinese online circles.
Alison Klayman, the director of Never Sorry (a new documentary on Ai Weiwei’s ongoing battle with authorities) received a warning from Facebook for sharing images of Ai featured in The Guardian on the film’s Facebook page. One of the images was also removed from the page.
Klayman responded by posting modified versions of the images taken from the ‘One Tiger, Eight Breasts’ shoot (the work which led to Ai being accused of producing pornography) on the film’s Facebook page.
Her account was then disabled, three days after posting the modified versions. While Klayman’s personal account has been disabled, the Facebook page for Never Sorry and the modified images she posted are all still online.
Is The Facebook trying to appease Chinese authorities, in order to angle a way into the mainland market?
The Palo Alto-based social media hegemon previously deleted Chinese blogger Zhao Jing’s account, due to his being registered under his pseudonym (Michael Anti), rather than his legal name. Meanwhile, Facebook found enough leeway in its policies to allow Mark Zuckerberg’s dog Beast to have its own page.
Stay classy, guys.
UPDATE: Alison Klayman has written in to inform us that her account is now restored, but Facebook remains silent as to why it was deactivated in the first place.
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