Roger Ebert could be described as a polarizing figure if only because everyone that says what they think is a polarizing figure. He has a tendency to be obnoxious, his film reviews don’t always make a whole lot of sense, and I don’t agree with a single one of his political opinions; but I have to respect someone who has the balls to say what he said about Ryan Dunn shortly after the Jackass star’s untimely death. It may not have been what everyone was thinking, but it sure hit home for a lot of people that have no sympathy for the assholes that get behind the wheel of a car after drinking. And then came the prototypical Internet backlash; it was loud, and it was fierce, and before you can say “At The Movies”, Ebert’s Facebook page was gone.

Facebook has since restored the page, according to Mashable, but the implications of this are fascinating, if Facebook manually removed his page because of his tweet/status update regarding the Dunn situation. It has been suggested that a page that is reported X number of times is immediately removed, or at least placed into a holding tank of sorts while Facebook tries to sort out the problem. If that’s the case, then there is no harm and no foul on Facebook’s part. That’s their policy, they restored the page, nothing to see here.

On the other hand, if Facebook pulled the page off in order to keep this sort of polarizing subject off of their platform (and I sincerely doubt it), let the second guessing begin. Facebook will probably make some sort of statement if this story drags out any longer, at which point I believe this will make a lot more sense; but as it stands now, it looks like Facebook is run by a bunch of jackasses.

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