The biggest social-networking site in the world broke with many of its online brethren Monday when it issued a statement saying that it will not ban content from a "fan page" associated with Wikileaks, the
"The Wikileaks Facebook Page does not violate our content standards nor have we encountered any material posted on the page that violates our policies," the statement, which was prepared when ReadWriteWeb's Marshall Kirkpatrick started poking around to see which online services may follow the lead of Amazon Web Services and PayPal in blocking Wikileaks. It's a well-crafted statement, however, one which leaves open the possibility that Facebook could change course. All it's saying right now is that at present Facebook does not believe Wikileaks at present has posted content to its page that violates the social network's own terms of service.
Facebook's handling of whether to block controversial and potentially harmful content from its servers has not been without criticism: It has
It's a status which has only been elevated since the recent Wikileaks document releases and the subsequent attempts by corporations and lawmakers to stop Assange: The Wikileaks page on Facebook has nearly one million followers.This article originally appeared on CNET