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Facebook blocks links to Mahathir's blog

The New Paper on Sunday | Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014

Facebook has barred its users from accessing the blog of former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

No reason has been given by the social networking site, although users can still copy and paste Dr Mahathir's blog posts onto their status page for public viewing.

The New Straits Times reported that a pop-up message would appear when users tried to click on links to his blog.

The message read: "You can't post this because it has a blocked link. The content you're trying to share includes a link that our security systems detected to be unsafe.

"Please remove this link to continue. If you think you're seeing this by mistake, please let us know."

A similar message on the Android version of the Facebook app says: "Something went wrong. Your post failed. The action attempted has been deemed abusive or is otherwise disallowed."

While it is not known when the blocking was put in place, it comes just days after Dr Mahathir posted a searing commentary on Israel's invasion and bombing of Gaza.

In the post, titled "The Jews", Dr Mahathir accused them of acting "worse than the Nazis", and blasted Israel for their continued military oppression of the Palestinians, the Malay Mail Online reported.

The ongoing offensive is proof that they don't care "for the suffering and deaths they inflict upon others", he wrote.

More than 1,000 Palestinians, many civilians, have been killed, Gaza's health ministry said yesterday.

Forty-two Israelis have also been killed in the 19-day conflict between Israel and Hamas militants.


This article was first published on July 27, 2014.
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