Navigate: POLITICO Josh Gerstein Facebook restores BP boycott page Main Content Facebook restores BP boycott page - Josh Gerstein: Facebook restores BP boycott page September 20, 2010 Categories: Miscellaneous Facebook restores BP boycott page Facebook has restored the publishing privileges of a page devoted to a boycott of oil giant BP over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill that began in April. On Saturday morning, I posted this story on POLITICO reporting that online activists were angry with the popular social media website over a partial lockdown of the BP-related page and another relating to a boycott of Target stores. Facebook had defended the restrictions as legitimate efforts to enforce the site's rules and to protect members against unwanted spam. However, on Sunday a Facebook spokesman said the limits on the BP site were actually the product of a technical error ? not a sanction applied by Facebook. "Our team has informed me that a rare mistake in one of our automated systems caused this Page to temporarily lose its News Feed distribution rights. The Page does fall within our policies, and the mistake has since been corrected," Facebook spokesman Simon Axten said in an e-mail to POLITICO. Axten said the problems encountered on the BP boycott page were the product of a malfunction in a system designed to "block spam and other potentially annoying or abusive behavior." The BP boycott page's organizer, Desmond Perkins, acknowledged the unfreezing in a message to his roughly 845,000 followers at about 5 p.m. ET Sunday. "Greetings from Louisiana! Out of the blue, we got our admin rights back. I got a PM from a friend that the links were cut back on. Thanks to everyone for sticking through the dark days of the Boycott bp page," Perkins wrote. "As usual no explanation from facebook" As of late Sunday, there was no indication of any similar reprieve for the Target boycott page mentioned in the POLITICO story. "Boycott BP got their admin rights back after 2 weeks of censorship. They believe it's because of the Politico article. I hope it's true. Have we gotten our page unlocked? NO!" one protest organizer wrote on a back-up page Sunday night.