Facebook plays hardball with social media rival based in Tampa Bay

Facebook called "cyber-dictatorship"

TAMPA - The new Lutz based social media network, "Unthink" bills itself as a freer, less commercial alternative to Facebook. And though Facebook may have more users named Horace than Unthink has in total, Mark Zuckerberg's Goliath may have taken notice of little David.

Unthink's Tampa publicity agent Glenn Selig alerted the media Wednesday that Facebook has apparently blocked the sharing of a favorable Huffington Post article about Unthink. ABC Action News' Brendan McLaughlin featured the local company in a recent report .

The Huffington Post article titled, "Unthink, the ‘Anti-Facebook,' Wants to Free You From Social Networks' ‘Dictatorship'" was shared about 600 times before the sharing feature was blocked.

Efforts to re-post the article on one's Facebook page bring up a warning that says, "This message contains blocked content. Some content in this message has been reported as abusive by Facebook users."

Unthink's promotional videos portray Facebook as a controlling mega corporation interested only in selling off it's members personal information to the highest bidding advertiser.

Unthink claims they safeguard its members personal information and allows users to choose which advertisements to display, if any.

It's not clear if Facebook management had anything to do with blocking the sharing of an article with no offensive language or explicit content.

It's possible that loyal Facebook members acting independently flagged the article as offensive.

Facebook has not yet responded to our request for comment, but Unthink's co-founder and CEO Natasha Dedis issued this statement:

"The fact the article originated on what is clearly a non-offensive, obscenity-free website, it's difficult to believe that Facebook, the corporation, is not behind this effort to block information about a potential competitor. And this is not the first time they've done this. this is their M.O.. Facebook is a cyber-dictatorship and it will do whatever it takes to remain king of the hill."

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