This Week On Facebook - Fake Newtown tribute pages cause controversy

By Meghan Giannotta,

While many users on Facebook showed their support and expressed their concern for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the way that they have chosen to do so has caused much controversy.

The creation of Facebook groups and “likeable” pages to show sympathy for those who lost their lives in the Newtown shooting has exploded into something that has angered the families of the victims rather than shown them support.

Officials have confirmed that many unofficial tribute pages have been created that have begun to harass the victims’ families. These tribute pages have been designed to appear as if they have been created by the families of the victims.

Once gaining the “likes” of hundreds of Facebook users, the pages have turned into an outlet for people to solstice false donations and violate the privacy of the families. The ability to gain the “likes” of many users fast through the creation of these pages has also given users a chance to take advantage of its marketing potential.

According to the Huffington Post, Connecticut lawmakers have written a formal letter to Facebook asking that the social network take down these unofficial tribute pages.

“We ask that you direct your staff to remove the pages referred to in complaints by Donna Soto and Kaitlin Roig down for violating the above terms of service,” requested the officials.

After receiving the letter, Facebook representatives have agreed to begin to take down the pages as soon as possible.



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