June 6, 2011
Coldplay removes ‘Freedom for Palestine’ link from Facebook page
Coldplay removed a message posted on its Facebook page urging the British rock band’s fans to check out the “Freedom for Palestine” music video.
The link to the song and video, which features musicians from around the world, was discovered removed from the Coldplay page on Monday, less than a week after it was posted. It presents depictions of Israeli army checkpoints and the security fence.
The artists, who included Britain’s Maxi Jazz and Dave Randall of the group Faithless and Jamie Catto of 1 Giant Leap, were performing under the auspices of Freedom OneWorld.
The post had received more than 7,000 responses, both pro and con. Some were offensive; most were very political.
Two days after the posting, Coldplay released a new song from its yet-to-be-released album, but comments about the “Freedom for Palestine” continued under the posting with the link to the new song.
Facebook blocked the song’s URL after complaints that it was abusive. Coldplay linked instead to the OneWorld website.