Due to the need to reduce bandwidth consumption to support reliefe effort in Japan, the Defense Information System Agency decided to block 13 commercial web sites, including Amazon, Ebay, YouTube and MySpace. However the list does not include Facebook, as “many commands allow the use of Facebook to allow personnel to communicate with families and the general public, particularly in times of crisis”.
This is a clear demonstration that Facebook is now considered too critical to be shut down, does not matter how much bandwidth it sucks. Government agencies around the world that still toy with the idea that access to social media can be banned should take notice.
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