SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Three Connecticut lawmakers on Monday urged Facebook Inc to remove fraudulent and abusive tribute pages related to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
In the months since 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed 26 students and teachers in Newtown, Connecticut, the world's No. 1 social network has been host to an outpouring of genuine online tributes - as well as a hotbed of fraud. In December, a New York City woman was arrested for allegedly posing as the relative of a shooting victim on Facebook and swindling donors.
U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, as well as Rep. Elizabeth Esty, wrote to Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg in a joint letter, pressed the company to stamp out pages that "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."
Facebook, in a statement, said it had devised a new process with dedicated staff to respond to user complaints related to Sandy Hook, in the wake of the December shooting.
"For the past few months, our rapid response team has acted swiftly to remove inappropriate materials flagged by the foundation and the families," Facebook said. "We will continue to be vigilant."
(Reporting By Gerry Shih; Editing by Tim Dobbyn)
Daniel J. Mitchell - Does Donald Trump Think Washington Politicians Should Have More of Our Money to Help America Become Greece?
Megyn Kelly gets angry: Why don’t the left’s “civility” rules apply to Black Lives Matter protesters? - Hot Air
How to Write a New York Times Op-Ed in Three Easy Steps | Human Events
Katie Pavlich - Exposing The Black Lives Matter Movement For What It Is: Promotion of Cop Killing
The Situation With Kim Davis | RedState
Staffer who handled Hillary Clinton's private email to plead the Fifth Amendment
Homemade Gunpowder from What? - Bearing Arms - Video