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NOM Loses Control Of Web Presence

Jim Burroway

April 11th, 2012

The National Organization for Marriage is having a rough day. Their blog is down, their Facebook site had been hacked, and someone else has control of NOM’s Twitter feed NOMTweets:It looks like NOM has their Facebook page back, and their “apology” for stifling comments in their web sites and their racially divisive strategy is gone. But NOMTweets is still going rogue.

Update: NOM’s Brian Brown vows to crush the rebellion:

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SteveInMI
April 11th, 2012 | LINK

I’m sure I’m not the first to notice Brian Brown’s sloppy reference to Darth Vader from the original Star Wars film (if it really is Brian Brown at this point…)

Vader: I find your lack of faith disturbing.

Tarkin: Enough of this. Vader, release him!

Vader: As you wish. [drops his hand and Motti's head hits the table as he regains his breath]

Tarkin: This bickering is pointless. Lord Vader will provide us with the location of the Rebel fortress by the time this station is operational. We will then crush the Rebellion with one swift strike.

David in Houston
April 11th, 2012 | LINK

Wow… they have a massive 108 followers on Twitter. So that means that 0.0000003466% of the public supports them. Very impressive!

Johnny Q. Doe
April 11th, 2012 | LINK

@David

Those 108 followers are all new since the hijack.

Whomever hijacked the site changed the Twitter account to @NOM4EQuality (Queery has a screenshot), thus freeing @NOMTweets as a screenname. Someone quickly grabbed that username, so all the followers are new. The original account has been deleted or suspended. Either by Twitter or by the hijacker (perhaps to destroy the follower-link to the established account). NOM’s original followers were approximately 5k on Twitter as you can see on the screenshot mentioned).

Richard Rush
April 11th, 2012 | LINK

B.S. Brown: “A mutiny is underway. We will end the rebellion with one quick stroke.”

Spoken like a classic despot. B.S. and NOM are perfect together.

Priya Lynn
April 11th, 2012 | LINK

Sounds like the National Organization Against Marriage is even losing the support of their own employees. You know your movement is in trouble when you can’t even keep your employees on board.

Wendy Leigh
April 11th, 2012 | LINK

“One quick stroke” eh? Would that be a “long stroke” Brian???

Ryan
April 11th, 2012 | LINK

Brown must be hacked, too. Most people don’t cast themselves in the Darth Vader role. This is a highly amusing morning!

Snowman
April 11th, 2012 | LINK

Either that, or he’s so out of touch that he hasn’t seen the Star Wars movies.

Samiimas
April 11th, 2012 | LINK

It’d be epic if this turns out to be the work of one of their employees.

Perhaps they made the mistake of outsourcing the control and maintenance of their websites and such to a third party who doesn’t share their bigotry and who could no longer stomach helping them, regardless of the paycheck?

Priya Lynn
April 11th, 2012 | LINK

Samiimas, from Brian Brown’s comment I take it that this is the work of more than one of the National Organization Against Marriage’s employees. It appears they finally couldn’t take the dishonesty and sleazyness of their organization’s approach even if they opposed marriage equality.

Patrick
April 11th, 2012 | LINK

It’s obvious why they’re worried: the leak of the IRS forms wasn’t a criminal act by the HRC as they claimed, it was internal dissent.

Ben In Oakland
April 11th, 2012 | LINK

If it worked for Louis Marinelli, maybe some other people working there finally have seen the light.

homer
April 11th, 2012 | LINK

Given Brian Brown’s nasty personality, I can imagine working for him is no fun. Wouldn’t surprise me if someone decided to get revenge.

Tone
April 11th, 2012 | LINK

[This comment has been removed for violating our comments policy -- JB]

TomTallis
April 12th, 2012 | LINK

I think that his use of the word “mutiny” strongly suggests that this was an inside job…

Matt
April 12th, 2012 | LINK

Channeling a tinpot despot- how appropriate.

Matt
April 12th, 2012 | LINK

And when/if he catches the person(s) responsible, can we expect a “You have failed me for the last time” tweet?

Boo
April 14th, 2012 | LINK

Are you sure Brown’s tweet isn’t the result of another hack?

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