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Facebook Blocks Every Link To ‘The Pirate Bay’

Facebook Blocks Every Link To ‘The Pirate Bay’

By Admin •  2019-10-01T05:26:35.849Z •  Tech News

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In an attempt to cut down the sharing of pirated material on its platform, the social media giant Facebook has started blocking all the links to the popular torrent site ‘The Pirate Bay.’

So, now when someone tries to post a The Pirate Bay (TPB) link or share it with a friend via chat, they’ll see an error message from Facebook.

“Your message couldn’t be shared, because this link goes against our Community Standards,” reads the message. The error will show up even if someone shares the link of TPB’s home page.

Torrent Freak first spotted the blockade, and later we were able to confirm the same. It’s not just The Pirate Bay, the social network has been busy cracking down on other torrent sites as well. For instance, a similar message pops-up when a user shares a link to 1337x and Limetorrents via Facebook.

In the recently updated Community Guidelines Part V, Facebook can be seen justifying the harsh steps on the grounds of protecting intellectual property rights.

Facebook acknowledges that users own and control what they share on its platform. However, it points out that users need to make sure they have the right to share the content.

Facebook as well as other companies like Google are also trying to take down pirate portals (mostly torrent sites) nowadays. These portals are loaded with all sorts of copyright-protected material. It’s another thing some of the creators view piracy as a positive thing and believe it contributes to their content in some or the other way.

It’s still hard to say how much impact link blocking would make to the overall consumption of pirated material. The so-called good boys are trying to bite their own tails as more and more streaming services are popping up every now and then.

Unable to find all of their favorite content at a reasonable price, some people may not mind taking a little leeway. Meanwhile, Facebook can paint a good picture of its own at a time when the company really needs it.

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