RSS LinkedIn Google Plus

Call us: 0800 014 9884

Raoul Moat Facebook page raises censorship issues

Raoul_Moat_Facebook_page_raises_censorship_issues_5111

Facebook will not take down page

A fan page set up on Facebook to commemorate the life of killer Raoul Moat will not be taken down, authorities at the social media website have announced.

The networking portal has come under fire after pages began to appear showing sympathy for Moat, who committed suicide during a police manhunt over the weekend.

Facebook has released a statement claiming that while the pages may be “distasteful”, there is no reason to “stop a debate from happening”. It said:

“Although the page and its contents are clearly distasteful to some, users are expressing how they feel about a public figure, or in the comments relating to the police, a public institution, so it is within the terms of use of the site as it is an expression of personal opinion.”

Strong opposition

The wave of sympathy that has accompanied Moat’s demise has left some people feeling bewildered, particularly prime minister David Cameron.

Addressing MPs at Prime Minister’s Questions, the leader said that he could not understand any compassion for Moat, calling him a callous murderer who wreaked havoc in his community.

Similarly, Kelly Stobbart, half-sister of Moat’s ex-girlfriend Samantha, called the tributes to Moat disgusting. She questioned how anybody could praise a man who acted in the manner Moat did towards innocent people.

This isn’t the first censorship row Facebook has been embroiled in this year. Just last month, a group calling for the release of US political prisoner Richard Palmera was shut down by the website and the personal accounts of the group’s administrators were disabled. The issue arose days after questions were posed about Facebook’s implementation of a new privacy policy.

Written by admin

Testimonials

theEword understand our market dynamics

~ Lees Solicitors ~

  Lees Solicitors

"theEword are scrupulously honest and hardworking"

~ Britannia Living ~

  Britannia Living

"theEword consistently go above and beyond"

~ Merlin Entertainments ~

  Merlin Entertainments

"They are so creative, they come up with so many fantastic ideas"

~ Manchester Law Society ~

  Manchester Law Society

View more of our testimonials »

March UK search market: Google halts Bing’s recent rise Wednesday 8th of April, 2015by James Riches Google’s UK search market share rose for the first time in five months during March. Elsewhere, Google announced some key developments and lots of us searched for Jeremy Clarkson news.

More on this story »

Bing implements one small change and one big change Tuesday 14th of April, 2015by Dan Moores Over the past week, Bing has implemented two changes. One appears to be directly influenced by Google, while the other demonstrates independent thinking and creativity.

More on this story »

April UK search market share: Bing revival stutters again Tuesday 5th of May, 2015by James Riches Bing’s mini-revival in the UK search market appears to have stalled, with data from StatCounter Global Stats showing a second consecutive monthly loss.

More on this story »
theEword - 14 hours ago

We’re looking for a creative content executive to join our team. Interested? Get creative and get in touch #jobs http://t.co/m6q9JgEnsE

Reply Retweet Favourite
theEword - 22 hours ago

What's life really like behind the scenes at theEword? Have a nosy at our Instagram account > http://t.co/Q6AGGe7ekE http://t.co/3OgVycMQeh

Reply Retweet Favourite
theEword - 2 days ago

Want more #conversions on your website? Read our top 5 things you should be testing #CRO > http://t.co/jHpwKl2Fee http://t.co/uhyV7kUcY9

Reply Retweet Favourite
theEword - 2 days ago

Is your website copy clear? Avoid complicated writing > http://t.co/GT46mW0o79 http://t.co/vq3tMwDQru

Reply Retweet Favourite
theEword - 2 days ago

Quick poll of the office reveals we'd have to agree with #NetflixUK's FOMOmeter for Manchester http://t.co/p1gJqdXCP0 http://t.co/fSp3u5Ov0W

Reply Retweet Favourite

Five tips: how to write clear web copy Thursday 2nd of April, 2015by Dan Moores A lot of web copy is unclear and needlessly complicated. It can actually damage your sales because it helps no-one. Here are five ways to make your web copy clear and engaging.

More on this story »

Google joins theEword to demystify digital marketing Monday 27th of April, 2015by Andy Williams Google joined us to help dispel some common marketing myths at our Discovering & Demystifying Digital event held in Manchester's Northern Quarter. Find out more.

More on this story »

Who loves theEword

Who loves theEword Who loves theEword