In the aftermath of Phil Robertson’s suspension from A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” over his remarks on homosexuality, websites supporting him have cropped up spontaneously – one of which seemed to be blocked by Twitter for a period of time on Monday.
Faith Driven Consumer created the site, iStandwithPhil.com, with a petition which says:
I am asking your network to immediately reinstate Mr. Robertson to Duck Dynasty, and to formally apologize to him, his family, and the millions of viewers who tune in every week, stand by him, and share his worldview. While the LGBT community may be offended by his opposing viewpoint, your rash, discriminatory, and unfair treatment toward Mr. Robertson — a recognized symbol of the faith community — is a slap in the face to Faith Driven Consumers and everyday Americans alike.
Twitter appeared to be prohibiting users from including the link in tweets.
— FaithDrivenConsumer (@FaithConsumer) December 23, 2013
A statement on the Faith Driven Consumer Facebook page said:
#Twitter has blocked users from Tweeting the domain IStandWithPhil.com as the high-profile petition drive in support of #DuckDynasty star #PhilRobertson rapidly approaches 200,000 members in just under four days. This marks at least the third major shutdown of a pro-Phil Robertson social media account since the story broke days ago.
The situation created a buzz in social media circles, with critics questioning why a conservative website would be blocked. Despite the setback, the website passed its 200,000signature goal.
Just after midnight, the group announced the site was no longer blocked:
— FaithDrivenConsumer (@FaithConsumer) December 24, 2013
Twitter released a statement apologizing for the problem.
“The URL IStandWithPhil.com was mistakenly flagged as spam tonight, by an outside organization that tracks spam sources,” Twitter told Marketing Land in an emailed statement. “We have restored access and apologize for the error.”
Watch the Fox News panel discussion on the issue on “The Kelly File” Monday night:
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