Facebook group taken down

The race between Rage Against The Machine and X Factor is heating up with a campaign group for the rap metal gurus alleging that their Facebook group has been taken down.

The growth of social networking has altered the way we listen to music. Online communities have sprung up sparking trends, which in the age of instant access downloading means the charts can be shaped on a whim.

Foreigner's epic track 'Don't Stop Believing' has benefited from this online retro-activism, bursting back into the charts. Now Rage Against The Machine are going toe to toe with X Factor after an online campaign.

Launched on Facebook, the campaign has gathered some 650,000 members with more coming every day. Fighting X Factor champion Joe McElderry for the number one slot, campaign organisers were shocked after noticing the Facebook group had been taken down.

It appears that the main group pushing the campaign could have been shut down. "The group went down last night in which a member of Facebook's PR team contacted to say it was a 'bug'," founder Jon Morter explained to The Global Herald.

"Later in the evening the group returned as normal, but now it's gone yet again I do start to be concerned."

An added bonus for users of the page is the ability to donate to charity - with £20,000 being raised for Shelter. "If anything I have some media interviews coming up and it wouldn't look particularly good for Facebook if they have indeed pulled it. If not anything for the fact that it slows down rapidly our charity donations".

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