As if losing their children and family members so tragically wasn’t enough, some idiots are using Facebook pages as a way to attack the families and contend that the massacre never happened.
In an unusual move, Facebook is reviewing the pages and removing the worst offenders following requests from lawyers, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Mr. Blumenthal and other lawmakers from the state requested the removal of offending pages in a letter to Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on Monday. The lawmakers said some pages purportedly set up to honor the victims of the Dec. 14 shooting have been used to exploit or harass the victims’ families and could be used as vehicles for financial fraud.
ABC News states that people are not only harassing the families, but are using the tragedy for fraud, according to the letter sent by the lawyers to Facebook.
“Many give the appearance they were created by loved ones in the names of the victims. Unfortunately, many of these pages have become vehicles for harassment, intimidation and possibly financial fraud,” the trio wrote. “Pages providing platforms for people to violate the privacy of families as they grieve, or seek financial gain through soliciting donations under false pretenses, or generating Facebook likes’ for marketing purposes, should not be given quarter in the Facebook community.”
The fact that there is a growing Sandy Hook “Truther” movement is absolutely horrendous yet sadly, not terribly surprising. One of Sandy Hook’s heroes, Gene Rosen, who sheltered some children and a bus driver while awaiting police, has been harassed non stop by “truthers” claiming he’s a paid actor. From an article in Salon:
“I don’t know what to do,” sighed Gene Rosen. “I’m getting hang-up calls, I’m getting some calls, I’m getting emails with, not direct threats, but accusations that I’m lying, that I’m a crisis actor, how much am I being paid?’” Someone posted a photo of his house online. There have been phony Google+ and YouTube accounts created in his name, messages on white supremacist message boards ridiculing the “emotional Jewish guy,” and dozens of blog posts and videos “exposing” him as a fraud. One email purporting to be a business inquiry taunted: “How are all those little students doing? You know, the ones that showed up at your house after the shooting’. What is the going rate for getting involved in a gov’t sponsored hoax anyway?”
It’s disgusting. I’m glad to see that Facebook is stepping up to the plate here and helping the families. Well done.