Facebook Disables 'Boycott Dirty Blondes' Page On Its Site
At a time when the power of new media is quickly supplanting -- and even out-reporting -- traditional media, the "Boycott Dirty Blondes" Facebook page was a poster child of a new era.
They'll soon be back. But will it be too late?
It was explosive, fast, and exclusively crowd sourced. In just one day on Facebook, it crested an incredible surge of public vitriol aimed at Dirty Blondes following its bouncers' beat down of a patron, and netted 8,300 likes. It was a testament to the power of new media, dispatching scoops and sussing out sources with an army that was thousands strong.
But it's also displayed many of new media's weaknesses.
Sometime yesterday, Facebook disabled the page, which hasn't allowed the administrators of Boycott Dirty Blondes to upload any more posts.
When everything hinges on immediacy and people quickly move onto other things, that 12 hours has been debilitating. "We believe this may be due to an attack from people who want us silenced," one page director wrote to Miami blogger Carlos Miller, who posted their statement on his Facebook timeline. "By 'flagging' our content they may have been able to spark an automated ban from us posting by Facebook."
The statement continues: "Facebook has banned the page's administrators for 12 hrs. This is not a time we can afford to stop reporting the updates to the situation. We WILL RETURN in full force as soon as Facebook lets us back in."
But by then will it be too late?