After our article last week about the now world famous Lebanese Olympian, Jackie Chamoun had been Liked more than 8.7K times, Facebook had enough of the hot Lebanese, and turned of the Like & Share button on the article. The move comes as a desperate attempt to censor the Internet and forbid the Western World from knowing how beautiful Lebanese skiers can be.
The reason behind the multibillion-dollar Social Network’s move against the non-profit blog 2Famous.TV which sprung out of Beirut a few years ago is still unknown, but speculations have started to spread.
For years the blog 2Famous.TV has advocated for freedom of speech from Lebanon, also blogging about Mark Zukerberg’s failure to reward a Palestinian for pointing out flaws in the Facebook security system.
This alone could have been enough for the Internet giant to want to get back at the blog from Lebanon.
Although Facebook is supposedly a very expensive and professional company, worth more than most countries’ GDPs, representatives have not been able to give any comments yet.
Another theory states that Facebook did not want more people to read the 2Famous.TV blog because they feel people are becoming too aware of what is actually going on in the Middle East, and once people start to really care, they will stop buying useless shit they don’t need which will in turn cost Facebook in profit sales.
The Lebanese government who lately has been following the path of Saudi Arabia by recently sentencing a man to two months in jail for insulting the President on Twitter, has also been reported to launch an investigation into the Jackie Chamoun naked photo incident.
What they want to disclose by doing this is still uncertain. It is possible that Facebook has stolen a few tricks from the Lebanese government which could explain why they do not want people to express themselves without their clothes on. However, thousands of concerned citizens took inspiration from Jackie and posted naked selfies to show their support of the Olympian.
News outlets all over the world reported about Jackie, and the news about people in the Middle East #strippingforjackie went so viral it even reached Belfast in Northern Ireland! The enormous interest for Jackies body has made it almost impossible to figure out when she is racing, but on her facebook page she writes: “My race will take place on February 21 at 2:45pm (Lebanese Local Time). Due to the fact that we don’t have perfect training conditions and physical preparation I can’t promise any medals but I can promise to give my all to best represent Lebanon.”
Last year Israel started a campaign bribing Israeli students with scholarships in exchange for their making pro-Israel Facebook posts and Tweets which target foreign audiences. It is possible that these students have teamed up to report the playfully sexy pictures of the Lebanese ski champion and begged Facebook to remove it so that Lebanese girls won’t get more popular than their Israeli counterparts.
All of these speculations are difficult to verify, mostly because the Internet giant, specializing in connecting people, has ironically enough become so big they have disconnected themselves from the man on the street and are currently unreachable.Although some Lebanese officials and Facebook do not want people to see the beautiful body of Olympic Skier Jackie Chamoun, she herself has been embraced by Lebanese bloggers and activists who commented about the incident on CNN saying, “We are not a conservative country.”
Lea Baroudi of the NGO, MARCH said, “I thank Jackie Chamoun for giving, actually, a more positive image of Lebanon in a period where all we see on TV, on international news are bombings, explosions, kidnappings,”
“We are not a conservative country,” added Baroudi. “We are a country where there are conservative people and there are liberal people and that’s what’s nice about Lebanon. So yes, I’m ashamed of people’s reactions and outrage in this situation.”
Blogger Gino Raidy who is the brains behind the famous Gino’s Blog told CNN:
“Personally I think this is the perfect image of Lebanon. It’s the Lebanon which we’re used to — the liberal Lebanon, the open-minded one, where people are comfortable with their skin”
It’s now only a question of time before you can´t Like & Share this blogpost as well, so you should probably get on it while you still can.
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