Try and mess with “Black Panther,” and you’ll be messing with Mark Zuckerberg soon enough.
Facebook has yanked the page of the Anti-Disney, Anti-Marvel, alt-right-leaning group that was angling to sabotage the upcoming superhero flick’s Rotten Tomatoes audience score.
The social network removed the page for violating its “community standards” on Friday. Marvel Studios News posted a screenshot of the exiling. The group’s page is currently unavailable if you search it.
Facebook did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on if the banishment is permanent or the exact violation.
The group, dubbed “Down With Disney’s Treatment of Franchises and its Fanboys,” had set up an event — “Give Black Panther a Rotten Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes” — with nearly 4,000 members ready to trash “Black Panther” sight unseen.
“Given the massive success of the audience review rigging on the Rotten Tomatoes site for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ and due to the sudden rise in those disgruntled with Disney business practices among other factors especially due to the corporate manipulations which created falsified bad press for the DCEU, I feel that it’s time to strike back at all those under Disney and bring down the house of mouse’s actions for paying off the critics that hurt DC Comics on film and for other parties affected by them,” wrote the event creator.
“I’ll be making events like this for ‘Infinity War’ and the Netflix shows etc so we can rally together to truly make a difference…If you want to spread spoilers to Marvel fanboys, use this event as a platform to inform us of targets!”
A spokesperson for Rotten Tomatoes told TheWrap on Thursday: “We at Rotten Tomatoes are proud to have become a platform for passionate fans to debate and discuss entertainment and we take that responsibility seriously. While we respect our fans’ diverse opinions, we do not condone hate speech. Our team of security, network and social experts continue to closely monitor our platforms and any users who engage in such activities will be blocked from our site and their comments removed as quickly as possible.”
This wasn’t the group’s first rodeo, either. In December, the group took credit for the low Rotten Tomatoes audience score for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” writing, “Thanks to friends of mine who taught me a thing or two about Bot Accounts, I used them to create this audience score through Facebook accounts created that subsequently logged into Rotten Tomatoes who rigged this score and still keep it dropping.”
The Ryan Coogler film, reuniting the director with “Creed” star Michael B. Jordan, is set to hit theaters on Feb. 16.