Authorities ask the social network to take down intimidating posts and fraudulent tribute pages surrounding the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.
Government officials and family members of victims from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting have asked Facebook to delete several offensive posts or tribute pages related to the massacre, according to the Associated Press.
Authorities have said that many of the Facebook pages are being used to berate survivors and victims’ families, while others are fraudulently asking for funeral fund donations.
“Certainly there have been many, too many, of these pages that are intimidating or harassing or exploitive,” U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal told the Associated Press.
Facebook has responded saying that it will work to remove the offending posts and pages but that some of the tribute pages help people share their sorrow.
Jodi Seth, a spokesperson for the social network, told the Associated Press that Facebook wants to respond quickly “while also recognizing that people across the country want to express grief for a terrible national tragedy.”
In December, an armed man stormed the Connecticut elementary school and killed 26 people, including 20 children. Many of the victims have been memorialized and several of the survivors have been lauded on social networks. According to the Associated Press, more than 100 Facebook pages have been created and dedicated to Victoria Soto, one of the teachers killed in the shooting.
The insulting posts include conspiracy theorists who allege that the shooting was staged and all victims were actors. According to the Associated Press, a Facebook tribute page for survivor Kaitlin Roig — the teacher who saved her students by barricading them in a bathroom — has a post that reads, “Congratulations Kaitlin or whatever your name is.. Now you’re famous and got to meet the ‘President.’ You ought to be ashamed of yourself.”
“We will continue to be vigilant,” Seth told the Associated Press.
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