While I freely admit I am a non-user of Facebook, I could not help but do some research on it after reading Lenny Pozner’s heartfelt piece, “Our Grief Denied: Newtown Families Tormented By Those Who Say Shooting Is A Hoax” [July 27, Opinion].
Perhaps I’ve misread something, but it appears to me that Tony Mead and his ilk are in violation of posting rules set forth by Facebook, yet are allowed to continue to flourish. To my way of thinking this makes Facebook just as culpable as those espousing these vile and hateful theories. Not only are they posting malicious falsehoods, they are also guilty of cyber-stalking, inciting violence, whether in the form of emotional duress or outright vandalism, and perhaps worse.
It seems to me that if Facebook can at one point prohibit such mundane things as pictures of mothers breastfeeding their infants, they should have more than enough reason to ban these people from ever posting again. As much as these individuals should themselves be ostracized from a civil society, Facebook should also be called to task for its role in promoting this insanity.
Facebook needs to abide by its own rules. Why should these families have to suffer twice?