Facebook explains why it shut down ‘The Shade Room’

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Facebook has recently taken down the page for the “Shade Room” on its social media site, and while the move has many in the web content community raising their eyebrows, the internet giant says that the move was fueled by concerns about copyright infringement.

Facebook told “CNN Money” that the page for the “Shade Room,” a go-to site for entertainment and celebrity gossip about black celebrities that began on Instagram, was removed due to “repeated” intellectual property violations. The company cited its policy to “disable the accounts of people who repeatedly infringe others’ intellectual property rights when appropriate.”

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On Monday, Angie Nwandu, the founder of The Shade Room, admitted that the site had drawn attention and warnings from Facebook but insisted that “nothing was posted that violated any rules to my knowledge.”

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“We have been targeted on [Facebook] and have been receiving numerous reports over things that don’t violate the terms,” Nwandu told Nieman Lab. “The amount of reports have been excessive.”

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With other news sites following in Facebook’s footsteps, content creators took to Twitter to warn other content creators of what might be coming.

“Reminder: Facebook can take down your 4.4 million-like page anytime it wants without explanation,” Nieman Lab’s Joshua Benton tweeted on Monday.