…it is a scandalous abuse of power by Facebook to arbitrarily destroy online communities built up over many months and years. Ultimately, the anti-cuts movement in the UK will need to start organising through self-hosted, open source platforms to avoid reliance upon the very corporate power structures we are aiming to challenge.
Precisely. Don’t use privately held social media sites to host campaigns. Link to them, use them to gain support, but don’t trust them and don’t be surprised when the rug is pulled.
Of course, ISPs and hosting providers may be forced to shut pages down as well, but at least you control the content that way.
Facebook is not the open web. Facebook is a shiny enclave, brightly lit with advertising banners, overlooked by guard towers containing snipers. They have no obligation to support you or your campaigns. They just want your data.