Some days ago, Canadian trade unionist Derek Blackadder was banned from Facebook for trying to add more than a thousand friends. A campaign to have him reinstated was launched, claiming that being an organiser, adding contacts is ‘kind of what he does’. Within hours, almost 2,400 people joined the support campaign. Not much later, Facebook removed the ban.
LabourStart’s Eric Lee, who helped mobilise the support, is still critical of the social networking site. As he explained earlier, he feels that one should be careful not to become too dependent on companies like Facebook.
John Wood of the TUC agrees. Still, he thinks that Facebook may be useful anyway, especially for reaching ‘beyond our core audiences’.