- Posted June 28, 2010 by
Gulf Breeze, Florida
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Track the oil disaster
FACEBOOK HAS DELETED BOYCOTT BP, LEAVING ALMOST 800,000 FANS HANGING
As recently as 30 minutes ago, Facebook has removed the main "Boycott BP" from it's page. With it, it leave almost 800,000 fans hanging.
This group was created with the intent of sending a clear and strong message to BP and to Washington that what has happened in the Gulf has to stop everywhere.
People from all over the world shared video clips, pictures, and frustration over what has been seen incredibly slow process to an ever growing economic and environmental disaster.
Boycott BP and it's creator, Lee Perkins, have been focused in several interviews recently, one of which was done with Diane Sawyer. To say he has made a large impact in a short amount of time is an understatement.
The question is: Why did Facebook suddenly take down the site? Some will call it a media black out of what is really happening down here in the Gulf. Some might say he was doing more harm than good given the fact that the Boycotting of BP was actually beginning to take hold if you judge by some of the photos and videos being posted of station owners either changing to a new brand, or closing altogether.
Whichever way you look at it, the voices of the people were being heard in a most unique and powerful way. We felt we were making a difference.
If we were not, then why the sudden removal of the page?
UPDATE: Lee Perkins has put a new Facebook Page here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boycott-bpARCO/138332356184294?ref=mf#!/pages/Boycott-bpARCO/138332356184294?v=wall&ref=mf
Boycott bp/ARCO I can't believe they shut us down with no explanation. I could not even say goodbye to my friends. We must have been doing something right. Calling the media now. bayoulee.com is up and running. ty Bayou Lee"
As of early this morning (June 29th), Facebook restored the original "Boycott BP" to Lee Perkins and it's many fans:
Mr. Perkins disabled 14 year old daughter still has not had her page restored though.