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Should Facebook Take Down Aurora Shooter's Fanpages?

News 2012/07/28 20:30:27
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The name James Holmes will forever live in infamy after the accused criminal murdered 12 people with gunfire and wounded many more during a midnight screening of "The Dark Night Rises" in a theater in Aurora, Colorado. Based on various reports following the shootings, it seems as though Holmes planned to become a real life comic book villain. As for other details, those are still scarce and getting inside a psychotic, cold-blooded man's head will be tough for prosecutors.

But getting rid of tasteless content in support of the Colorado shooter; that should be easy for Facebook, right? Not according to a report by CNN.com, which states that there are multiple fanpages for the killer, including one with more than 800 followers [or "likes"]. Facebook isn't like YouTube or message boards, where one can be anonymous. So unless they're using fake aliases and lack profile pictures, Holmes supporters are making themselves known publicly on the fanpage. Maybe they're Internet trolls. They could even be people with the same mental state as Holmes.

Regardless, Facebook won't remove the pages. Company spokesman Fred Wolens explained that the most popular Holmes fanpage "while incredibly distasteful, doesn't violate our terms." In order to be removed, it would have to post credible threats against specific people or intend to incite violence. We agree that free speech should be protected. But this lenient policy seems pretty inconsistent with the numerous stories we've heard over the years of everyday people having photos/content flagged and taken down, at times unfairly.

What do you think SodaHeads? Should Facebook remove the Colorado shooter's fanpages?

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  • thomas.fox.54 2012/07/28 21:24:17
    No
    thomas.fox.54
    +22
    1st amendment. these people are sick, disgusting animals but they have the right to the 1st amendment. i hate censored websites anyway. people need to realize that they share a country with these people and they need to deal with it not pretend that these sick people dont exist

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  • TKramar 2012/07/29 02:22:56
    No
    TKramar
    Need more like him. Get people out of the fantasy life, and keep them at home or work.
  • LORROL 2012/07/29 02:20:23
    Yes
    LORROL
    +1
    and anyone who was his fan should be watched very closely for coping their idol.
  • john doe LORROL 2012/07/29 02:29:36
    john doe
    Believe me, the government knows everything about everyone of his "followers" who publicly show their support for him. Every e-mail, Internet posting, phone call, text message, location, and purchase are being scrutinized from everyone who shows support.
  • LORROL john doe 2012/07/29 21:47:27
    LORROL
    +1
    I certainly hope so.
  • jelpmac 2012/07/29 02:17:09
    Yes
    jelpmac
    +1
    I'm not interested in it. The Courts may be to validate his background, 4 months of prep and his mental condition which by appearance in court looks contrived to me.I've worked in nut houses and he does a poor impression.. He deserves no fame, no fortune but it's just as easy to not even open the stuff you don't want to see.
  • Mamaknows 2012/07/29 02:12:23
    Yes
    Mamaknows
  • S and S 2012/07/29 02:08:17
  • anna.va... S and S 2012/07/29 02:10:17
    anna.van.79
    +1
    ya ya take that down too
  • anna.van.79 2012/07/29 02:06:57
    Yes
    anna.van.79
    +1
    I voted yes take it down. Take him down for that matter. If it stays at least we know who the freaks are maybe do something about them too.
  • john doe anna.va... 2012/07/29 02:33:24
    john doe
    He will get the death penalty ,I'm sure, as soon as they have made "sense" of this heinous act.
  • MattIsTheGeekInPink 2012/07/29 01:58:24
    Yes
    MattIsTheGeekInPink
    Meant to click no
  • kotabear 2012/07/29 01:52:32
    No
    kotabear
    Freedom of the people. There are plenty of websites that post jokes about the shooting. You want to shut those down too? Just ignore those who bug you.
  • Lindsey 2012/07/29 01:46:19 (edited)
    No
    Lindsey
    +1
    They should very carefully monitor it though.. Actually I change my answer, they should because it's disrespectful to the victims and their families
  • Carson 2012/07/29 01:44:43
    No
    Carson
    They must go by their terms of service.
  • Skye 2012/07/29 01:42:12
    No
    Skye
    It's not even a fan page... It's a hate page.
  • Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆ 2012/07/29 01:39:05
    Yes
    Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆
    +1
    They're in the worst possible taste.
  • Breezy(: 2012/07/29 01:29:26
    No
    Breezy(:
    It violates the rights protected by the first amendment. This is absolutely disgusting, making a mockery of such a tragedy, but censoring it will only provoke the sick people who do this stuff.
  • Smuwf, Twin 2012/07/29 01:28:57
  • Ozzyboy 2012/07/29 01:25:00
    Yes
    Ozzyboy
    +1
    In respect for the people who died, at the very least.
  • Kelsie 2012/07/29 01:23:45
    Yes
    Kelsie
    +2
    What sick disgusting piece of filthy scum would create a fan page for someone who took the lives of innocent people?
  • justsomeguy151 2012/07/29 01:22:33
    Yes
    justsomeguy151
    Yes but I'm betting the Fraud-in-Chief Obumma has his own fan page and hes killed more innocent people than a 1000 James Holmes'. So theres a fine line.
  • 2012/07/29 01:14:06
    No
    It's part of history. It's part of our world. It's who he is and taking down his facebook page changes nothing.
  • Smuwf, ... 2012/07/29 01:31:16
    Smuwf, Twin
    +1
    It's for the honour of the dead,its only human to take the pages down for they're sake
  • Splinter76 2012/07/29 01:10:57
    Yes
    Splinter76
    +1
    It is my opinion that, while we have a right to free speech based on the 1st amendment, when you break the law so egregiously... you lose your rights and become an animal that should remain caged forever... if not slaughtered. There it is. I said it.
  • Harley Quinn 2012/07/29 01:09:46
    Yes
    Harley Quinn
    +2
    How did he get fans in the first place?
  • bags the Indigenous Guru 2012/07/29 01:08:43
    Yes
    bags the Indigenous Guru
    +2
    .......he has fan pages?........ Good grief.......
  • ★~DoctorWhoGuru~★ 2012/07/29 01:05:51
    Yes
    ★~DoctorWhoGuru~★
  • Your Favorite Nerd 2012/07/29 00:59:27
    Yes
    Your Favorite Nerd
    +3
    Wait, people still use Facebook?
  • Katie C... Your Fa... 2012/07/29 00:59:58
  • Katie Cobain 2012/07/29 00:58:59
  • Wulfdane 2012/07/29 00:58:28 (edited)
    No
    Wulfdane
    +1
    There is no free speech if the only speech tolerated is that which we find acceptable.

    It is speech we don't find acceptable that must be protected.

    Given Facebook is a private website, they can do whatever they want. Hopefully they won't succumb to the lure of censorship under pressure if their TOS is not being violated.
  • Jennifer Maesner 2012/07/29 00:54:35
    No
    Jennifer Maesner
    It's not facebook's job to moderate morality.
  • newhon63 2012/07/29 00:53:53
    Yes
    newhon63
    +2
    Yes. They should take it down. This man
    Is a villain. Why glorify his presence on this planet with a Facebook Fan Page? He has caused enough grief in the world.
  • JayRevolution 2012/07/29 00:52:58
    No
    JayRevolution
    It's really horrible that people would actually make fan pages, but if it doesn't break any rules, they have no reason to take them down.
  • Tom R 007 2012/07/29 00:51:46
    Yes
    Tom R 007
    +4
    I'll be perfectly honest. I can't even comprehend how this waste of space actually has fans.
  • TheR 2012/07/29 00:51:32
    Yes
    TheR
    +2
    And the reason they don't is because The NRA supports Facebook.

    http://www.sodahead.com/unite...

    http://www.nraila.org/news-is...
  • Jennife... TheR 2012/07/29 00:55:38
  • TheR Jennife... 2012/07/29 01:00:27
    TheR
    +1
    Oh yeah. It has everything to do with the NRA, to include the Court who will declare the Joker was insane.
  • bags th... TheR 2012/07/29 01:10:03
    bags the Indigenous Guru
    +1
    And he very well could be. Let's wait and see what the psych eval says.
  • Jennife... TheR 2012/09/19 16:06:49
    Jennifer Maesner
    He was mentally instable, so I expect that will happen. That still doesn't make it the fault of the NRA. Nobody pulled that trigger except the shooter.

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