Facebook shuts down Harmony-related page

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Facebook has closed the page Saskaņa Online (Harmony Online). Formerly named Riga Online and posting photos of the Latvian capital, it took a political turn months before the parliamentary election in Latvia. 

Some users were displeased, as they had been unwittingly become subscribers to a page belonging to a political power - Harmony, an opposition party which nevertheless holds the most seats (23) in the Latvian parliament. 

Inga Spriņģe, the head of the Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism, Re:Baltica, commented the move thusly:

"It seems that FB have finally moved to deeds, not just pretty words."

The page had several thousand followers, and its closure may be viewed as a setback of a questionable element of Harmony's election campaign. 

Many Facebook users complained about the page and posted warnings to their friends who had unwittingly become followers of a political page. 

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