UN slams Facebook for helping pirates -

The UN  wants Facebook to walk the plank for refusing to answer questions about maritime piracy.

Apparently, Long John Silver and his ilk have been co-ordinating their raids on maritime shipping by using the social media website.

In a report to the UN Security Council, a UN commission on sanctions said that Somali pirates are supported by a network of accomplices, including bankers, businessmen, politicians and aid workers.

Its investigations have confirmed that these myriad facilitators are interlinked through various communication channels and employ social network services, such as Facebook, the report claimed.

The report added that despite repeated official correspondence addressed to Facebook it has never responded to monitoring group requests to discuss information on Facebook accounts belonging to individuals involved in hijackings and hostage-taking.

The UN said that other private companies are providing "active and comprehensive support" - just not Facebook.