The “Gig Harbor” Facebook page is no longer in the hands of a Gig Harbor resident.
David Reed, who started the page five years ago as a place for Facebook users to share and discuss photos of Gig Harbor, said in an email to the Gateway that, as of today, he no longer has administrative control of the page and that its original content has been deleted.
His page, and its URL of facebook.com/dlreed1313, now redirects to another page, labeled simply “Gig Harbor, Washington,” featuring a description of the town from Wikipedia.
A Facebook policy that Reed located explains the reason for the change: “Pages with generic location names like ‘New York,’ ‘Ontario’ and ‘Switzerland’ are not allowed to have admins,” the policy reads. “We require Pages to be managed by official representatives of the topic they're about, and no one person can singly represent a geographic location. If you are part of a government or organization that represents or controls a geographic location, you may have a Page for it. However, that Page's name must clearly reference your organization. For example, ‘New York City – Mayor's Office,’ ‘Lok Sabha – Parliament of India’ and ‘Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain’ are acceptable Page names.”
“If I was doing something wrong, I never meant to do so,” Reed wrote in his email. “I no longer will be able to show the beauty of Gig Harbor through the eyes of our residents, and for that, I am deeply sorry. I don't know if the city requested this or facebook was doing an internal audit, but my little hobby of showing off Gig Harbor will be gone forever.”
“I personally thank everyone that shared their photos and liked the page. It was truly an honor to showcase this town through their eyes,” he added.