Facebook page on Sandy Hook shooting victims removed after complaints

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Newtown, CT, United States (4E) – Facebook has removed several pages dedicated to the victims of the Sandy Hook primary school shooting rampage in Newtown, Connecticut after complaints.

According to reports, there were at least dozens of tributes added to the social network following the December 2012 massacre that resulted to the death of 20 children and six adults.

BBC reported that the family of one of the victims had raised concern that some pages were being used to spread conspiracy theories and some politicians complained that some users appeared to be scammers.

Greenwich Time stated Kaitlin Roig, a teacher who survived the attack at the school, noticed that some posts claimed the shootings were staged.

Senator Richard Blumenthal, Senator Chris Murphy and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty’s letter to Facebook noted over 100 tribute pages made under Victoria Soto’s name or likeness alone and it stated that most of them appeared to be created by loved ones in the names of the victims, but unfortunately, many pages have been used to harass, intimidate and start financial fraud.

A Facebook statement said: “We have created a new, streamlined, customized process with dedicated staff to allow concerns specific to the Sandy Hook tragedy to be addressed directly and immediately, while also recognizing that people across the country want to express grief for a terrible national tragedy.”

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