Facebook Allows the Praising of Murderers: Refuses to Take Down Tribute Page to a Killer


Please note, despite the following story, Facebook has aggressively targeted and proactively removed/censored Jews and their groups from the platform:

Raoul Moat used to be the doorman at a nightclub and became famous in the U.K. during the past two weeks because he shot and wounded his ex-girlfriend, shot and killed her new boyfriend, and shot and blinded a policeman.

He then went on the run before, apparently, shooting himself during a stand-off with the police.

His case has aroused many strong feelings in the U.K., many critical, some sympathetic. After his death, a Facebook group was created called "R.I.P. Raoul Moat You Legend!" This quickly attracted more than 36,000 fans, although not all can be said to be entirely sympathetic toward Moat.

Still, given that British Prime Minster, David Cameron declared: "I cannot understand any wave, however small, of public sympathy for this man. There should be sympathy for his victims and the havoc he wreaked in that community. There should be no sympathy for him,'' some members of the British Parliament are suggesting that Facebook should remove the Moat fan page.
A sample from the Raoul Moat fan page. 
Note the message from the alleged leader of the British National Party.

According to the Telegraph, however, Facebook has no interest in complying with such an entreaty.

A Facebook spokesperson told the Telegraph: "Facebook is a place where....we sometimes find people discussing topics others may find distasteful...."

This is very much the same argument that Facebook has used in order to allow the presence of, for example, Holocaust Denial groups.

Indeed, one poster on his page suggested that Moat was "one of the few remaining reasons why Britain is still great." That poster's name and profile picture claim to be those of Nick Griffin, the chairman of the extremist British National Party.

Only a couple of days ago, Cameron and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg enjoyed a somewhat awkwardly cozy Webchat. It will be interesting to see whether the prime minster tries to put pressure on the Facebook CEO to have the page taken down. -CNET



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