For all the talk about how great Facebook is for personal, professional and business reasons, many of us seem to constantly overlook one crucial fact: Ultimately, we have no control over our Facebook pages. Roger Ebert certainly was reminded of that earlier Tuesday when Facebook removed his page, apparently in response to complaints about a comment he made regarding the death of Ryan Dunn, the Jackass performer who died in a car crash early Monday morning. Just a few hours before he crashed his Porsche, Dunn had tweeted a picture of himself and two friends drinking in a Philadelphia-area bar.
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Ebert's page was taken down after the film critic posted, "Friends don’t let jackasses drink and drive," on his Facebook page. He sparked a firestorm of criticism from Dunn's fans and friends earlier after tweeting the same sentence on Monday. In response to the takedown, Ebert tweeted:
"Facebook has removed my page in response, apparently, to malicious complaints from one or two jerks."
"Facebook! My page is harmless and an asset to you. Why did you remove it in response to anonymous jerks? Makes you look bad."