Gabby Petito Foundation RESTRICTED on Twitter as family waits for full autopsy and sells ‘Justice for Gabby’ bands
A social media page belonging to a foundation created by Gabby Petito’s family was temporarily restricted by Twitter on Sunday, but restored a day later.
The Gabby Petito Foundation’s Twitter page was created on Sunday, as a tribute to the travel blogger who died under unknown circumstances during a cross country road trip with her boyfriend Brian Laundrie.
In its first post before Twitter restricted the account, the family wrote: “The Gabby Petito Foundation is up and running! We have a lot of work to do, website is just starting out so be patient with us, we will get there. Thank you for all the support and love!”
Within hours of its online presence, the page gathered more than 8,400 followers.
Moments later, the page was inaccessible. It was, however, restored on Monday morning after verification formalities were completed.
Petito’s mother Nichole Schmidt pointed to Twitter’s authentication policy as one of the reasons behind the page being temporarily restricted.
“Sorry for the confusion as our page was being authenticated,” said a tweet posted on the foundation’s page on Monday.
Ms Schmidt said a number of unverified pages cropping up on the micro-blogging site could be another reason behind the temporary restriction.
“So our Gabby Petito Foundation page has been restricted, this is most likely due to all the fake pages that have been made already,” Ms Schmidt had earlier tweeted.
Petito’s family decided to assist people caught in similar tragedies of dealing with a loved one who has gone missing, aiming to bring “something positive” out of the travel blogger’s death.
“The Gabby Petito Foundation has set out to bring ever lasting education, awareness and prevention,” says the foundation’s Twitter bio. “Good must come from this tragedy, she ‘touched the world’,” it adds.
“We’re just hoping that through our tragedy of losing Gabby that in the future that some good can come out of it, that we can help other people that may be in [a] similar situation,” said Petito’s stepfather Joseph Petito.