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Facebook smacks admin of '2 Million Bikers to DC' page for clicking 'like'

Facebook hammers administrator of 2 Million Bikers to DC page for clicking "like."
Facebook hammers administrator of 2 Million Bikers to DC page for clicking "like."
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On Thursday, Belinda Bee, one of the co-founders of the popular Facebook page "2 Million Bikers to DC," learned the hard way there are consequences for clicking "like." After "liking" several comments made by supporters of the page, Facebook slapped her with a 24-hour timeout, banning her from clicking "like."

"SOOO FB has put me on time out for... READY? LIKING YOUR COMMENTS! SMDH So NOW can't like comments for 24 hours!" she wrote.

This isn't Bee's first run-in with the social media giant.

Bee told Examiner Facebook arbitrarily changed her name to Belinda Beek in January after someone falsely claimed her name was an alias.

"They asked me my real name. I put in Bee and they changed it to Beek," she said.

We reached out to Facebook to determine if there is an unwritten rule on clicking like or a limit on how many times one can click the function, but Facebook did not respond.

The action against Bee would seem to fly in the face of a Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that said clicking Facebook's "like" button is Constitutionally-protected free speech.

The ACLU praised the decision upholding an earlier ruling by U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson. Facebook, however, urged the court to rule otherwise.

This is not the first time Facebook has gone overboard with their enforcement.

Last September, the site punished conservative blogger Julia Sieben for thanking supporters who wished her a happy birthday.

Examiner.com's Joseph L. Parker was also slapped for thanking supporters, and now says he has been blocked from posting to groups for an unspecified time for an unspecified reason.

Friday marks Parker's 12th day in "Facebook jail," he said, adding that the action has severely impacted his income.

Ironically, Facebook has said it supports free speech.

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