Facebook Takes Down Manhunt's Fan Page
Written by Jonathan Higbee |
Wednesday, 25 April 2012
|Tags: manhunt, facebook, social networks, internet, banned, removed, taken down, gay, websites, dating, cruising|
The esoteric and ambiguously applied guidelines for Facebook pages have reared their possibly double-standard ugly head once again. This time, Manhunt's fan page is the victim.
According to the popular gay dating/cruising brand, its Facebook page was taken down without notice on April 4.
Manhunt shared the news today on its blog:
None of the admins on our page received any sort of warning or message explaining why, how long it would be down for, etc. It was just gone, and it still is. The screencap above is in place of where our page previously resided.
We have repeatedly filled out online form after form on Facebook, and sent numerous e-mails to any Facebook address we could find via research to ask for information on why our page was taken down and what we can do to get it restored. We have received a single e-mail back that gave us very little info and in fact asked the recipient of an e-mail that none of us received to get back to them. Replies to that single e-mail have not been responded to.
This isn't the first time a gay related Facebook presence has been suspiciously moderated, as you surely know. A month ago Facebook mods came under fire for taking down an innocuous picture of two men kissing in protest of homophobia.
Though Manhunt's content may have been a little more charged, did it warrant being banned without notice?