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ReaganBook Temporarily Shuttered After It Was Drowned by Porn and Profanity Loving Trolls

Things aren’t going well for the ReaganBook. Soon after getting publicity for its ‘liberal-free’ conservative alternative to Facebook, the site started getting inundated with nasty internet trolls.

Started as a knee-jerk reaction to the fact a number of Facebook employees participated in a pro-LGBT rally, the ‘Facebook for Patriots’ page is the brainchild of Ohio Republican Janet Porter who decided conservatives needed their own social media page, free from the nastiness of inclusive thinking and liberal thoughts.

The Faith2Action president also wanted a place to air her anti-LGBT views that Facebook kept censoring as hate-speech.

“While they kick people off [Facebook] who happen to have an unpopular belief, like being in favor of marriage—a buddy of mine Peter LaBarbera, [of] Americans for Truth—taken off Facebook. They’re censoring things and I’m saying we shouldn’t use it,” Porter said, promising her platform would be a space where those more extreme conservative views could thrive uncensored.

Some conservatives, including proud Texan and Tea Party faithful Ken Crow, seemed excited by the new platform.

“I’m thrilled,” Crow said, admitting he had not yet logged on. “Listen, if Warren Buffett or whoever –I just went blank—Mr. [Sheldon] Adelson put $100 million and said ‘Let’s do this. Let’s build the world’s largest social media platform for conservatives,’ I would be thrilled. Because our goal was to try to make a difference in America.”

Yet, after opening its virtual doors to the public in April during the pre-launch, Reaganbook found that it struggled to attract enough users like Crow to start the conservative conversations that they wanted.

The empty forum did attract some nasty party crashers though.

Conservative blogger Miriam Weaver was unimpressed by the quality of the posts when she logged on. “We noticed a lot of pornographic photos right on the front page when we first looked at it,” she said.

She added that she would not join the porn and profanity-ridden site.

“I hate to sound pessimistic because I don’t know anything about the people that started this,” Weaver said before the page was shuttered. “I don’t want to be ‘Captain Bringdown’ about it, but I would not join this page.”

Then, one day after the official launch, the internet trolls took over, causing enough of a ruckus and smut-bombing the site was temporarily shut down.

“Thank you to all those who participated in the pre-release of ReaganBook.com,” ‘Management’ said on the site late Wednesday afternoon. “Your participation is helping us build a more secure site. Thank you! Please be patient while we make the necessary changes to keep the site free from obscenity, pornography, and those intent on the destruction of life, liberty, and the family. We will be opening the doors again soon with additional protections in place. As Reagan taught us, trust, but verify.”

There is no word when Reaganbook will be re-launched.

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Tamar is a New York based freelance writer and photographer whose work has appeared in over 15 publications. You can catch her work regularly on Issue Hawk, Latest, Jspace, and MediaGlobal.