Dec 23, 2013 11:42 AM
“In the latest development in the ongoing culture war surrounding Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson's controversial remarks on homosexuality, the pro-Robertson website iStandwithPhil.com was flagged on Twitter, prohibiting users from posting messages containing links to the page. Twitter removed the block late on Dec. 23, and a Twitter spokesperson explained that an outside organization that tracks spam sources had mistakenly flagged the URL as spam.
iStandWithPhil.com, run by the organization Faith Driven Consumer, has posted a petition demanding that A&E reinstate Robertson and issue a formal apology to his family and his fans. In four days, the petition has collected more than 195,000 of its goal of 200,000 signatures since it was posted online Friday.
The Christian advocacy group complained Monday that Twitter has blocked users from tweeting about the petition drive. "This marks at least the third major shutdown of a pro-Phil Robertson social media account since the story broke days ago," said the group in a statement, which did not list other groups it says have also had their tweets blocked by Twitter.
Faith Driven Consumer says it does not know why it is being blocked, as a diagnostic page says the site "has not hosted malicious software over the past 90 days."”