Internet security and privacy startup has its fan page shut down by Facebook.. again

CocoonAn internet startup, which develops a security and privacy tool and regularly comments on Facebook safety issues, says its own Facebook fan page has been shut down, for a second time.

The Cocoon service is a plugin for the Firefox web browser that aims to force an encrypted connection to the internet, preventing sites from tracking your movements and shielding your computer from internet threats.

But today it’s Facebook fan page reportedly disappeared.

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That’s pretty frustrating for a firm trying to build awareness about its products. What must be especially galling is that something similar happened a month ago.

It’s just a few weeks since Scam Sniper and The Bulldog Estate, two other Facebook fan pages, with a focus on raising awareness on security issues were removed without a good explanation from the social network.

Understandably, firms and organisations don’t feel too great about having the rug pulled from beneath their feet without at the very least being informed as to why the decision was made, and the folks behind Cocoon have been using Twitter to encourage others to ask Facebook what’s going on.

Hopefully it’s an innocent mistake by Facebook, and they didn’t deliberately shut down a page which puts lots of effort into sharing information with other users about scams and attacks spreading across the network.

As a rule, I believe much more in cock-ups than conspiracies.

If you’re a regular user of Facebook, be sure to join the Sophos Facebook page to be kept informed of the latest security threats.

Update: Good news! The GetCocoon Facebook fan page has been restored.

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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