Facebook pulls 30 UK inmates' pages after taunts

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 11, 2010 23:09

LONDON — The British government said Thursday that Facebook had removed the profiles of 30 UK inmates at its request after several incidents in which prisoners reportedly used the social networking site to organize crime or taunt others.

The announcement made some Internet users worry about government interference online, but many crime victims said even more should be done.

"When someone is convicted of a crime he loses his civil liberty though sentencing," said Gary Trowsdale of Families United, a group founded by relatives of young murder victims. "We say he should use his cyber-liberty as well."

Families United met earlier this week with Justice Secretary Jack Straw, who said the government would act "to tackle those cases where offenders seek to taunt or harass victims and their families" through Web sites.


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