It’s been a few days after the Connecticut shooting, but I have to share what I have always thought to be one of the most peculiar things about social media.
For those of you who have created fan pages on Facebook, you know how easy it is to create or add new pages. Becoming an admin to a page of any name you create is pretty easy and doesn’t require much verification in the process. Let’s face it, we need some things to be easy in life, right? However, I never understood why it is so easy or even tolerable for people to create fan pages for people like Adam Lanza. Whether it is to honor the killer or bash them, it seems as though creating these pages can bring no solution to the problem.
Just as after the Aurora, Colorado shooting took place and James Holmes’ Facebook pages popped up, so have ones for Ryan Lanza and Adam Lanza. (Ryan being the name the media first gave to the public immediately following the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Connecticut. We’re not even going to focus on the fact that CNN and CBS used the wrong photo. Surprisingly, even CBS continued to use the wrong image during Sunday’s recap of the events that took place.)
At best Facebook allows for fellow users to report a page, however, a reported page doesn’t necessarily mean they will be removed or removed immediately.
Facebook policy for the deceased is as follows:
Memorializing the account:
It is our policy to memorialize the account of a deceased person.
In order to protect the privacy of the deceased person, we cannot provide login information for the account. However, once it has been memorialized, we take measures to secure the account.
If you need to report a timeline to be memorialized, please contact us.
Removing the account:
Verified immediate family members may request the removal of a loved one’s account from the site.
For their policy on individuals who have lost their mental capacity to cope with issues and shoot others and live to tell the tale, well, Facebook doesn’t have a policy on it just yet. However, we can refer to their policy on creating pages:
You can create and manage a Facebook Page from your personal account. Please note that only the official representative of an organization, business, celebrity or band is permitted to create a Page.
Clearly the pages created under some of the most disliked names of people who have caused tragedy did not authorize others to create the pages you can find on Facebook’s search. But this does show there is a disconnect on how people can impersonate or represent another person on social media.
I’m not writing to start any new policy, but it does lead one to take note if anything should be done over creating unauthorized pages. After reading some of the things posted by others, there are many individuals who do not like the fact these individuals are being featured or idolized after such heinous crimes have been committed.
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