Raoul Moat Facebook page raises censorship issues
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:
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.