Navy bombarded with 'Arabian Gulf' complaints on Facebook
December 6th, 2010
08:17 PM ET

Navy bombarded with 'Arabian Gulf' complaints on Facebook

The U.S. Navy's Facebook page is awash with thousands of pro-Iranian messages protesting the force's designation of the "Arabian Gulf" instead of the "Persian Gulf."

Since last Thursday, as many as 4,000 messages have hit the page as part of a coordinated computer initiative from around the world, according to the Navy.

The messages strongly advocate that the Navy use the name Persian Gulf instead of Arabian Gulf for the waters off the coast of Iran, and are believed to have been a result of several Facebook "cause" pages advocating the change, according to Navy officials.

As a result of the extremely heavy traffic on the Navy Facebook page - used by service members around the world - and with postings still coming in, many of the messages are being designated as spam and are not being posted, according to Rear Adm. Dennis Moynihan, chief spokesman for the Navy. However, by scrolling through the site, viewers can still see several older anti-Arabian Gulf postings.

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Oh good lord. .

    December 6, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. phil

    Oh good lord is right. What in the world?

    December 6, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nat

    What..Who...Why

    December 6, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. biggerthanyou

    Come again? This is news? Well I am wayyyyy behind.

    December 6, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. nice

    Great way to find those computers if you ask me!
    GOOOOOOO NAVY

    December 6, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. phil

    Well it is the Persian Gulf, not some mythical Arabian Gulf. We wouldn't like them calling it the Statue of Puberty.

    December 6, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. shahram

    Saudi arms money buys a lot of influence.

    December 6, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Protoman

    Rabble Rabble Rabble.... It should be called the Persian Gulf. I detest those in power in Iran, but my whole life I've known it as the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula. Rabble rabble rabble

    December 6, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. al ribnick

    Change it back- they will get 8000 complaints- why would anyone here care?

    December 7, 2010 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. helenhull102951

    Who gives a FLYING RATS ASS??? Every nation ought to bomb the state of Iran until it's one big giant litter box ... Those people are a menice to the worlds safety and security.. BLOW THEM THE F- – K UP!!!

    December 7, 2010 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  11. frank

    its amazing how arrogant the U.S. is. and we wonder why we are hated across the world. oh yea bad people hate our freedoms.... WAKE UP!!!!!!

    December 7, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jayb

    The'll get over it

    December 7, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mycomment1

    Since the fifth century BC, the body of water between Iran (Persia) and the Arabian Peninsula has been called the Persian Gulf. The Arabian Gulf is in fact the ancient name of the present-day Red Sea (located between Arabia and Africa).

    December 9, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cyrus, The Great

    It is called Persian Gulf and it will always be "Persian Gulf". Arab people have no place in this.

    December 15, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lisababy

    @Helenhull nail on the head girl lol!

    December 18, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
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