Facebook pulls Page supporting accused cop killer

Facebook pulls Page supporting accused cop killer

Summary: Facebook has removed a Page that supported alleged cop killer Jamie Hood.

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The Athens-Clark Police County Department in Georgia recently decided to create a Facebook Note to aid their search for cop killer Jamie Hood. It is titled "Jamie Hood Can Arrange to Turn Himself In by Calling 911 or 706-546-5900, has been Liked by over 100 users, and includes the following description:

Several friends and family members of Jamie Hood have told investigators that Mr. Hood would turn himself in, but he fears that law enforcement will kill him instead of allowing him to turn himself in. This is simply not the case: all of the law enforcement agencies searching for Mr. Hood are trained to use deadly force only in response to life threatening resistance. Jamie Hood can arrange to turn himself in without fear of bodily harm by simply calling 9-1-1 or 706-546-5900.

Soon after the Note went up, a Facebook Page was created in support of Hood, who surrendered late Friday. Over the weekend, the Page became the target of controversy and of course quickly became popular. Nearly 2,000 people Liked it before Facebook took it down, according to My Fox Atlanta.

It appears that Facebook decided the Page broke its Terms of Service, not to mention it was also probably drawing attention away from what the police was trying to achieve on the social network. The company recently decided against taking down a different Page that has also caused quite a stir.

Topics: Social Enterprise, Collaboration

Emil Protalinski

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  • Wouldn't be surprised if the people who make this page

    File a lawsuit against Facebook. Whether you like the page or not, it violates the right to free speech to take down a page that is not instigating criminal activity, but just supporting someone accused of a crime.
    Lerianis10
    • RE: Facebook pulls Page supporting accused cop killer

      @Lerianis10 What world are you living in? This is not a government owned website. It is a privately owned and operated website that can decide what content exists in it's content.
      Geuseppi
  • RE: Facebook pulls Page supporting accused cop killer

    @Lerianis Facebook is "supposedly" a non-profit organization. (One that just happens to have five billionaires who weren't before the creation of Facebook.) They live each day based on how they feel. A statement made by them on a belief they hold dear today may not exist tomorrow. Their rules and Terms of Service are subject to change as they feel like it. Few laws restrain or guide them. They post what they want when they want about whom they want. However, they sense when the public feels strongly against something they have or are doing, and not being completely stupid they manage to comply soon enough to prevent the public from crying for their blood. Now, realizing the sort of opportunistic group that you are dealing with, how in hell are you going to monitor them with cries of acts of violation of free speech? If it doesn't violate that right for them to post it, it certainly doesn't if they pull it down.
    This used to be a "social network" who decried that no one should hold information private and stated that they would allow 3rd party companies demographic information, um, til someone decided to obtain MZ's private info, then the whole deal changed. Almost. They realized that sensationalism can make them wealthy. Wanna guess what is dear to their hearts today?
    sirwriter
  • RE: Facebook pulls Page supporting accused cop killer

    I think it is a sad state of affairs when a person who kills anyone, not just a police officer or firefighter or even a bystander, uses a multi-media to support their actions. no matter if it's the person who committed the act or someone close to them. That is what "your day in court" is supposed to be. This is supposed to be a social inter-action among people, friends close and far away. Not a rendition of I shot the Sheriff!
    airbourne91
  • RE: Facebook pulls Page supporting accused cop killer

    Since when is having a presence on Facebook a constitutional right?
    rrogers1753
  • RE: Facebook pulls Page supporting accused cop killer

    Technology has its hand in everything in today's world..?? try <a href="http://www.omnitechsupport.com/microsoft-support.php">Microsoft Support</a>..
    nivethas
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