An Orwellian Regime?

The government in Syria has been coercing its citizens to give up their Facebook passwords. Upon compromising the accounts of dissidents, the regime will either extract incriminating evidence, or alter the content of the accounts to reflect pro-regime sentiment. The regime aims not only to crush the bodies of its opponents, but also the very rhetoric of opposition. A war is being waged on Facebook, and Mark Zuckerberg is the mediator. 



      In an interview with Reuters, a Syrian activist explains,


   "The government reopened Facebook because they realized that it was more useful for them to allow activists to communicate on the site, and then track us down using their team of loyalists who search the Internet..."


are these a meeting place for revolutionaries, or hunting grounds for the regime?

Facebook's Privacy Policy reads as follows:

We may disclose information pursuant to subpoenas, court orders, or other requests (including criminal and civil matters) if we have a good faith belief that the response is required by law. This may include respecting requests from jurisdictions outside of the United States where we have a good faith belief that the response is required by law under the local laws in that jurisdiction, apply to users from that jurisdiction, and are consistent with generally accepted international standards. We may also share information when we have a good faith belief it is necessary to prevent fraud or other illegal activity, to prevent imminent bodily harm, or to protect ourselves and you from people violating our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. This may include sharing information with other companies, lawyers, courts or other government entities.





Under such a subjective method of protecting privacy, users must proceed with caution.