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What Happened to the 100,000+ Strong Chick-fil-A Facebook Event?

 

Internet censorship--or vandalism?

Approximately 13 hours after deleting an online invitation from former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee asking people to show support for Chick-fil-A on Aug. 1, Facebook restored the page around midnight Tuesday.

Before it vanished, nearly one million people had shared the invitation and 100,000 had said they’d be attending after Huckabee posted it on Monday.

“Yesterday, we mistakenly blocked an event as part of our spam prevention efforts and quickly worked to rectify the mistake as soon as we were notified,” Facebook told CitizenLink today in an emailed statement. “Our policies are enforced by a team of reviewers in several offices across the globe. This team looks at hundreds of thousands of reports every week, and as you might expect, occasionally we make a mistake and block a piece of content we shouldn’t have. We have already taken steps to prevent this from happening in the future and we sincerely apologize for any convenience.”

Huckabee said that explanation was “more thorough” than the one Facebook provided him on Tuesday; the company said it was a “content” issue.

That “was remarkable to us, because the content was not offensive,” Huckabee told CitizenLink. “It was not asking anyone to do anything violent, unholy or unhealthy to anyone. It was simply expressing affirmation to the Chick-fil-A company. Interestingly, while that site was pulled down, the site that the militant homosexual groups had put up, which was Same-Sex Kiss Day to happen on Aug. 3 at Chick-fil-A restaurants, was left up.” -- CitizenLink

The restored "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" Facebook page is now past 200,000 individuals.