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Twitter Shuts Down Link to 'Duck Dynasty' Petition Site

Monday, 23 Dec 2013 10:56 PM

By Greg Richter

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Twitter users trying to include links to a popular online petition site were disabled from doing so Monday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Attempts to tweet the URL iStandwithPhil.com  results in a message reading "Oops! A URL in your Tweet appears to link to a page that has spammy or unsafe content."

"This marks at least the third major shutdown of a pro-Phil Robertson social media account since the story broke days ago," The Reporter quoted a Christian advocacy group as saying. The other shutdown victims were not named.

Faith Driven Consumer, which runs the iStandwithPhil.com petition site told The Reporter it was unaware why it was being blocked since a diagnostic page says it "has not hosted malicious software over the past 90 days."

A Twitter spokesperson would not comment on the case.

Such Twitter actions typically occur when users report a site and Twitter employees review the site.

Twitter has held itself out as a bastion of free speech. The Arab Spring protests were largely fueled by Twitter. But the company suspended the account of the terrorists who were tweeting body counts and blow-by-blow action during their attack on a Kenyan shopping mall.

The blocked petition site supports "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson, who was put on hiatus from the show last week after saying in a GQ interview that homosexuality is a sin.

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