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Friday evening, the Autism community was in an uproar over a new Facebook page that appeared out of nowhere and listed a number of people known in the Autism community. As is the case with Facebook and many other social networking platforms, the identity of the person or persons who created the page is unknown to Facebook users. The identity of the person or persons who created the page is, however, something that Facebook itself would be able to ascertain for those authorized to know the identity of the person or persons in question.
The focus of the group is somewhat vague in that the information as of the writing of this blog article states the following:
Many of the names on this page are well-known in the Autism Community and many of them have advocated well on behalf of individuals and families living with Autism Spectrum Disorders on a daily basis. The first person listed was Lin Wessels, a vocal parent of a child diagnosed with Autism who has made her mark in the media and with government officials. Anyone listed on the page after Lin Wessels is identified as being part of Lin’s Mob.
Understandably, this has led to some humour to diffuse the situation including this profile picture that some have added to their Walls.
What is interesting to note is that at least one person has decided for others who is a “safe” Autism Advocate or Autism Parent and who is an “unsafe” Autism Advocate or Autism Parent worthy of blocking or banning. That being said, it’s unclear how any of those mentioned qualified for this list.
Some support Autism Speaks; others take a stand against Autism Speaks. Some believe that Autism is genetic; others believe that vaccines cause Autism. Some write blogs that discuss Autism at length; some have never owned or authored a blog.
The one thing everyone listed has in common is that the person or persons who created the Autism Community International Blacklist on Facebook claims everyone listed is part of Lin Wessel’s mob.
Some of the information on the page is incorrect.
For example, Thomas D. Taylor, co-creator of the MIDNIGHT IN CHICAGO initiative is listed as an “alternative identity of Elyse Bruce.” For those who are unsure what is meant by “alternative identity” as it pertains to the internet and social networking sites, an “alternative identity” is a fake profile that allows a person to post as if that person was two different people.
No one commenting about the page seems to know what the reason or reasons may be for the creation of this Facebook page. If this was meant to further divide the Autism community, it would appear this has backfired as the Autism community has drawn closer together in the past 24 hours.
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