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A Liberal Democrat MP suffered the online humiliation of having his Facebook account suspended after the social networking site decided he "wasn't real". Steve Webb, 42, member of parliament for Northavon, Gloucestershire, tried to log on on Monday but was told "his account had been disabled following complaints he didn't …


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  1. DirkGently

    It's true though

    There's really only two parties. The Liberal Democrats are just a figment of our collective imagination.

  2. Ben Cross
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  3. Dan P

    Rediculous amount of friends...

    I understand MPs and suchlike having, indeed needing, a web presence. I don't understand why they would use facebook, a site primarily created for communicating with your FRIENDS. He has 2500 "friends", and I bet he only actually knows about 1% of them, and engages in conversation through facebook with only slightly more than that. Why not get a website built? If you want to open up comminication with your constituents, use one of those newfangled forum thingymajigs. That way you can even get it styled exactly how you want, make whatever announcements you want, and aren't quite so likely to get banned from your own site for not being yourself.

  4. Keith Williams

    @Rediculous amount of friends...

    Facebook is cheaper.

  5. Cameron Colley

    Hip, cool, down with the kids, word to your mother!

    Glad to see MPs involved in such a wikid, phat jive as facebook innit. He iz da bomb aiit!

    Marketing ploy to target the youth market? Never...

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    well becouse nobody would visit the website, via face book he can just make an announcment or whatever and everyone sees it.

    Evidently it's all well and good for hippies, fossfags, alcholics, students and other grease spots to congregate in large cliques online but if a "respectable" (he's a lib dem and as such would sell his grandmother for a vote) MP type wants to use it then obviously he's faking it.

    Facebook has nothing to do with communicating with friends.

  7. Kate Menzies

    Facebook's actually not that bad

    It is really useful for organising events and meetings and the like and I know plenty of political activists who use it as a campaigning tool because you can reach a lot of people rather than relying on emails where you have to troll through loads of names and footers to get to the meat of them. I'd rather be invited to a public meeting (to which I wouldn't go but I would feel all politically engaged by just being invited) than being asked if I wanted to add to someone's virtual ruddy Christmas tree or stroke their hamster

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    What on earth is a fossfag?

  9. Piers Meynell


    I'd imagine its a derogatory term for the Free and Open Source Software community.

  10. Gary McCabe


    Who'd heard of this guy prior to this stunt? Nice way of getting your name known

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    So what's this word Rediculous then?

    I suppose it was ridiculous of me to expect better literacy skills from Register readers.

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I just wanted to comment on the "welfare for wankers" article

    Really, all I wanted to do was say "Wanker" an an article about an MP... Surely, the term is equally applicable to our Congress?

  13. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton


    All MPs are clueless

    All Facebook users are clueless


    Not all Facebook users are MPs

    Not all MPs are Facebook users


    All MP Facebook users are clueless

  14. Anonymous Coward

    steve doesnt have much luck with websites

    used to be my local mp

    seem to remeber him having problems with hotmail a while back too lol

    oh well, least hes a lib dem, not much chance of him losing 25 million records, and wasting our tax on god knows what crap (wars and nhs it systems)

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    facebook = world police?

    Facebook take themselves way too seriously, I've had an account that I created for fun disabled too. In fact, according to their policies ("must provide full real first and last name"), they could cancel my main personal account, since I don't give my last name out of privacy concerns.

    Their user data ("intelligence"?) is obviously more valuable if it accurately reflects real life, the question is who actually requires this level of accuracy?

  16. Rob Kidd

    @ Anonymous Coward (Numptys)

    Facebook users are clueless? Come on. If you took the time to use it you'd see it's great way to keep in touch with your friends and find out what they've been up to. Not like myspace with all those "pimped" profiles and the deluge of spam..

  17. Daniel B.

    I wonder...

    Does he have a T-shirt with

    I'm an MP ... bitch

  18. Richard Laval

    Lib Dems Gran

    No Lib Dem MP is going to sell his Gran for a vote.

    They needs to know that at least one potential voter has heard of them.

  19. Jonathan Massey

    steve webb is real, and at least some of his friends are real

    or maybe i've become a figment of my own imagination again....

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