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Mayor Jean Quan announced on Facebook and Twitter that her Facebook mayoral page will be disabled and correspondence should be submitted through the mayor's website. Within two hours of the announcement, Facebook users left over 100 comments, some supportive but mostly negative.
Quan's office used Facebook to post photos, statements and videos, some recently addressing the Occupy Oakland protests. Her Occupy-related posts attracted thousands of comments, most of which were critical.
Sue Piper, Quan's press secretary, explained to Governing in e-mails Thursday that because she is a "one-person communications department" and the volume of messages on the page exceeded her ability to respond, disabling the page is an attempt to streamline.
The mayoral Facebook page will be removed on Monday. Piper says that Quan will continue to have a personal Facebook page.