A popular Amarillo social media page has been taken down.
According to posts released today on social media, Facebook has removed the popular City of Amarillo satire page. The page, which constantly posted memes, polls, photographs, articles, videos and other content grilling City officials, was seen taken down around midnight on Wednesday. The page has completely disappeared, leaving its 9,000 subscriber fan base in the dark.
A new page popped up on Thursday morning, titled the City of Amarillo City Council. This page, which claims to be connected to the original satire page, says that the satire page was taken down due to its name, but will return. The new page also claims to be connected to the original page, although that has not been officially confirmed.
Posts from the satire page before its removal showed that the page had received warnings from attorney Chris Stewart prior to its removal. Messages posted to the page appeared to show that Stewart represented the City of Amarillo on intellectual property matters and said that the page could be in violation of trademark law. In response, the page published Stewart's office phone number and asked its followers to call Stewart with their thoughts.
It is unclear when and if the page will return to Facebook.