Twitter and Facebook shut down hackers

Facebook and Twitter were the latest organizations to find themselves in the middle of the WikiLeaks saga.

Facebook and Twitter were the latest organizations to find themselves in the middle of the WikiLeaks saga.

Yesterday, hackers used the two social media outlets to organize attacks on companies that severed relationships with WikiLeaks. MasterCard, Visa, and PayPal sites were all attacked.

Facebook was the first to respond by banning one of the pages of “Operation Payback.” Twitter later disabled the Operation Payback account.

The dilemma highlights the push and pull between free speech and business interests as the two social media companies look to implement advertising business models.

Facebook issued a statement that said it will “take action on content that we find or that's reported to us that promotes unlawful activity.” A Twitter spokesman said, in a New York Times article, it doesn't comment on specific actions related to user accounts.

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