Twitter Blocks 'IStandWithPhil.com' Content
Fans of Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson flocked to Twitter to voice their support for the star, but for some reason it appears Twitter blocked users from tweeting IStandWithPhil.com — a website supporting Robertson’s controversial remarks.
The hashtag #IStandWithPhil has been trending on Twitter for days, though actual links to the site, run by Christian group Faith Driven Consumer, were met with error messages and flagged for spam.
On Dec. 23, a Twitter spokesperson explained that the outside organization that tracks spam accidentally flagged the URL and that the site has since restored access to the link.
Despite the reinstatement, Faith Driven Consumer complained that this was the third major shutdown of pro-Robertson media since his comments were published in GQ magazine. However, the group did not list other major shutdowns.
Twitter has declined to offer further comment on the targeted link, noting that the company does not comment on actions relating to specific accounts or sites.
Robertson has been under fire since his ideas on homosexuality were published in GQ. During the interview, he defined homosexuality and bestiality as sinful, among other things.
“It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus,” Robertson said. “That’s just me.”
Robertson also romanticized the “pre-entitlement” and “pre-welfare” days of Jim Crow South.