Less than 72 hours after gun rights activists outmaneuvered Michael Bloomberg’s launch of a $50 million “Everytown for Gun Safety” effort by grabbing Facebook presence with that title, the page was taken down sometime late Friday or early Saturday and now people will find a Bloomberg site, but with angry comments posted by pro-gunners.
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But Facebook did not pull the page, according to Eric Reed, one of those responsible for launching the pro-gun grassroots effort to grab the “Everytown” presence on the social media site. Late Saturday evening, Reed told Examiner via telephone that “The page was not yanked by Facebook, it was pulled on our end.” Reed is founder of Gun Rights Across America.
Saturday evening there were still scores of individual state-level Facebook pages with the “Everytown” title, but as Robert Farago wrote on his Truth About Guns blog, it’s not certain they will last. Many activists are indicating that if those sites disappear, they will re-launch under a new title.
Reed said he was still trying to get information on exactly what led to the decision to take down the page. A commercial pilot, he was in the air most of Saturday and was trying to catch-up on all of the details. However, he indicated that there had apparently been some kind of legal threat, but because of the late hour, he was having difficulty gathering information. The decision apparently only involved the main pro-gun “Everytown” page, not the scores of off-shoots.