In just 20 hours, the "Boycott A&E Until Phil Robertson Is Put Back On Duck Dynasty" Facebook page received over 700,000 likes, with nearly 500,000 of those coming on board in less than 8 hours. But after posting a comment that said it received nearly 4,500 likes in just one hour, Facebook slapped the page administrator with a 12-hour ban and removed the comment, claiming it somehow violated their community standards, the page said in a post on Thursday.
According to the post, the administrator "received a BAN from facebook (sic) because of the page."
Judging from the tone of the post, it appears the page may have been disabled for a time, but was brought back up.
We attempted to get an explanation from the page owner, but was unable to.
"This page is to show support for the freedom of speech of Americans," the page description says. "Unless Phil is reinstated to the show, we refuse to watch the A&E Channel!"
The page was set up in response to news that A&E suspended Robertson over comments regarding his views on homosexuality that were published by GQ.
After news of Robertson's suspension became known, social media outlets erupted and a movement to boycott A&E exploded.
This is not the first time Facebook has gone after conservative pages and bloggers for questionable reasons.
Earlier this year, Florida blogger Diane Sori was banned for 30 days over a link she never posted.
The very popular "Uncle Sam's Misguided Children" page was unpublished for questionable reasons earlier this year, and Facebook yanked the "Truckers to Shut Down America" page after administrators typed "Godspeed."
Over the last year, Facebook has been somewhat schizophrenic in the application of its standards, prompting two online protests.
One, known as "Facebook Blackout," attracted well over 30,000 participants.
In September, we reported that the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that clicking the "like" button on Facebook is Constitutionally-protected free speech, so Thursday's ban comes as something of a mystery.
We reached out to Facebook's Katie Harbath for an explanation of the ban but did not receive a response.
Despite the ban, the boycott page is going like gangbusters and has over 757,000 likes as of this writing.
The page can be viewed here.
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