In common with many websites, several torrent sites have their own Facebook fan pages that are used to interact with users. These pages usually update fans on site news and do not link to torrent files. Despite this, Facebook does not seem tolerant of all torrent site fan pages, and has just removed one of the popular ones.
With more than 400 million active users, Facebook is by far the largest social networking site. Not surprisingly, the service is also an often used tool for torrent site admins to communicate with users.
Both users and site admins have been pleased with Facebook so far, and some sites are ‘liked’ by over a hundred thousand people. Unfortunately, it seems that Facebook itself is not very happy with all torrent site fan pages.
KickassTorrents, one of the hot newcomers in the BitTorrent scene, decided to join Facebook just three weeks ago. In just a few days the page collected more than 25,000 fans, but the fun didn’t last long as it was quickly removed (Google cache).
The removed page…
It is hard to tell what Facebook’s motivation for removing the page was. The page was used solely to update and inform fans and there were no links to torrent files posted. However, it would not be a big surprise if the association with a torrent site is enough reason for Facebook to remove a page.
In the past, Facebook has taken an aggressive stance towards file-sharing related services. The social networking site has previously blocked The Pirate Bay’s “Share on Facebook” feature, and it later threatened the LimeWire developers that it will do the same to them if they didn’t disable the share feature in their client.
After banning The Pirate Bay a Facebook spokesperson told TorrentFreak: “Facebook respects copyrights and our Terms of Service prohibits placement of ‘Share on Facebook’ links on sites that contain any content that is infringing.”
With KickassTorrent’s fan page things are different though, as it didn’t link to infringing content at all. The founder of KickassTorrents has been left in the dark about why his page was removed and assumes that it’s related to the ‘torrent site’ brand.
If this is indeed the case, Facebook is not very consistent as many other torrent sites are still using the service without running into trouble. But then again, they are known for their inconsistency as dozens of sites still carry the ‘Share on Facebook’ buttons too.
Facebook was asked for a comment but they have yet to respond.