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Facebook has suspended Roger Ebert‘s Facebook page after the film critic sparked outcry for his comment against drunk driving when Jackass star Ryan Dunn died hours after posting photos of himself drinking.
“Facebook has removed my page in response, apparently, to malicious complaints from one or two jerks,” Ebert wrote on his Twitter account. He had posted Monday, “Friends don’t let Jackasses drink and drive.”
Facebook explained its reasoning at first: “Among other things, pages that are hateful, threatening or obscene are not allowed.”
Wrote Ebert on Twitter, “Facebook! My page is harmless and an asset to you. Why did you remove it in response to anonymous jerks? Makes you look bad.”
Ebert’s fans spoke out on Twitter, and the page was back and live on Facebook again within an hour.
Said Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes, “The page was was removed in error. We apologize for the inconvenience.”
Ebert wrote a longer apology to Dunn’s family on his blog.
“To begin with, I offer my sympathy to Ryan Dunn’s family and friends, and to those of Zachary Hartwell, who also died in the crash. I mean that sincerely. It is tragic to lose a loved one. I also regret that my tweet about the event was considered cruel. It was not intended as cruel. It was intended as true,” he wrote.
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