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Roger Ebert's Facebook Page Removed After Ryan Dunn Comments

June 21, 2011 (5:13 pm) GMT
There was a moment when his popular page was deactivated because some responses against his opinion on Dunn's death were considered inappropriate.
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert continued to make comments about Ryan Dunn's car crash that he believed is the work of alcohol. The film critic refused to apologize for his "Friends don't let Jackasses drink and drive" tweet and was angry that Facebook suspended his page because it was included in the category of "hateful, threatening or obscene."

"Facebook has removed my page in response, apparently, to malicious complaints from one or two jerks," Ebert tweeted. He added, "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 defended him on Twitter and then his Facebook page came to live again within an hour. Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes blamed the removal on "error", saying "We apologize for the inconvenience."

Although not apologizing, Ebert admitted that he "was probably too quick to tweet" about the Monday, June 20 morning incident. "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," he wrote on his website.

"I also regret that my tweet about the event was considered cruel. It was not intended as cruel. It was intended as true. I have no way of knowing if Ryan Dunn was drunk at the time of his death. I don't know what happened in this case, and I was probably too quick to tweet. That was unseemly."

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