Facebook blocks users from Scottish CND’s website

By Billy Briggs in The Ferret

The Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) is considering an official complaint to Ofcom after Facebook blocked users from accessing the peace organisation’s website.

Anyone trying to access the official Scottish CND site from its Facebook page in recent weeks has been advised the URL breaches “community standards”.

Scottish CND told The Ferret that many people have complained about not being able to access its website via Facebook. The peace group thinks it may have been a “malicious complaint” or the perhaps the word “bomb” in the URL which is proving problematic.

The Scottish CND peace camp at Faslane.

Founded in1958, not-for-profit Scottish CND is one of the longest running peace organisations in Scotland.

According to its website, the group’s main activities include campaigning for the abolition of nuclear weapons and informing the public about the implications of their use and possession.

Scottish CND says it plays a “vital role in building peace and justice” and it works closely with churches and faith groups, trade unions, academics, politicians and other organisations.

Bill Heaney, editor of The Democrat, said: “Surely the Scottish SNP government is not going to continue sitting on its hands to allow this disgraceful situation to continue?”

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Update on July 28

 has issued an apology to the Scottish Campaign for  Disarmament (CND) after blocking people from accessing the peace organisation’s website from its platform.

The Ferret reported last week that  was considering a complaint to Ofcom because people trying to access its website from its Facebook page were advised the URL breached “community standards”.

Facebook has now resolved the issue but Scottish CND criticised the social media giant for failing to explain why its site was blocked in the first place.

The peace group thinks it may have been a “malicious complaint” or the word “bomb” in its URL which proved problematic.

David Mackenzie, assistant secretary at Scottish CND said: “Facebook has issued an apology ‘for any inconvenience caused’ by its blocking of any reference to our website banthebomb.org. How much better if it had gone on to explain what the reason was for the blocking action.”

Full story at The Ferret website

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