Early this morning we were alerted that the Being Latino Facebook Page was down for an unknown reason. Founder Lance Rios has been in contact with Facebook support to find out why this happened to this fan page which had upwards of 50,000 fans.
In a statement by Rios he suspects wrong doing at the hands of a coordinated attack as something similar happened to his WordPress.com blog.
Lance Ríos: All that I could gather is that if a “significant” amount of people mark page’s post as inappropriate, FB freezes it. You can either appeal it or it is shut down for good. I’ve made the appeal, let’s see what happens. Doesn’t seem to me that we’ve violated any of their terms. This happened to our wordpress site two weeks ago. This is not a coincidence, it’s an organized coordinated attack.
We hope Lance Rios, who was interviewed by the blogadera, gets it all straightened out with Facebook. BeingLatino has been a staple in the Latino Blogosphere community over that past couple of years and we would hate to have lost such a great community, seemingly, overnight.
Others are no doubt seeing to their fan pages and learning more about backing up that content, that “sort of” belongs to you but as this case proves, “sort of” doesn’t. There are services like backupify that help you backup your fan pages and in previous Facebook conferences it was said that you could export that content because afterall, when you put all that work into building the page and aggregating content it does “belong” to you. Doesn’t it?
Being Latino has opened another Facebook page to call to arms Facebook Latinos and getting them to petition facebook asking for the return of the fan page. 50,000 fans, let’s see what happens.
Lessons Learned? What’s the take away?