Facebook shuts down city of New Haven's page

Posted: 09/15/12 at 12:55 am EDT      Last Updated: 09/16/12 at 12:04 am EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (NBC) -- The social networking giant, Facebook, is igniting a fight after it shut down the Facebook page for New Haven, Connecticut.

"Fighting Facebook is harder than fighting city hall,” said the mayor of New Haven, John Destefano.

It’s an experience Mayor Destefano is learning first hand. Before, people could log on Facebook and click “like” on a city of New Haven page run by his office. But, earlier this week Facebook shut down the page.

"So Facebook has put us on double secret probation, which is to say we're not the city of New Haven and that's confusing for me because when I voted for myself last time, I was voting for myself as mayor of the city of New Haven,” said Mayor Destefano.

The social networking site said there are many organizations that make up a city and no one person, not even the mayor, can run a city of New Haven Facebook page. They said, 'we have asked page administrators to designate their specific department.'

It’s a cyber situation Destefano doesn't like.

"Social media is becoming for us a more and more important way to communicate with residents because so many people communicate differently."

Right now, residents seem to be split on whether the page should stay or go.

"I think it’s a complicated issue."

"If they don't want us to be up there and represent the city of New Haven then that's fine with me.”

Others argued that if Destefano can run the city for nearly 20 years - he can run the city's Facebook page too.

"I think the mayor knows New Haven best and knows the people best so I think it's a good idea he's got his own page representing the city of New Haven."

"He should be able to do what he wants with a Facebook page, because I can, you can, and you can. So that's kind of a ridiculous issue."

For now the mayor's office is back on Facebook, but under a new name.

"We're going under ‘New Haven City Hall’ because otherwise we've been told permanently we would be banned from ever being on Facebook,” said Destefano.

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