Facebook Group Calling For Obama's Death Reaches 1 Million Users

You’d think Facebook would be more proactive in monitoring their groups, however a new group which is calling for Obama’s death has surpassed 1 million users. Another group which calls on Facebook to delete the group, is also rapidly approaching 1 million users. While Facebook supports freedom of speech, calling on the death of an individual (let alone the President) definitely crosses the line. The group also happens to be filled with racist and generally hateful comment.

Facebook has a track record of letting questionable groups rise in number, however we believe that allowing this group to continue to grow is an oversight on Facebook’s part. The group is called, “DEAR LORD, THIS YEAR YOU TOOK MY FAVORITE ACTOR, PATRICK SWAYZIE. YOU TOOK MY FAVORITE ACTRESS, FARAH FAWCETT. YOU TOOK MY FAVORITE SINGER, MICHAEL JACKSON. I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW, MY FAVORITE PRESIDENT IS BARACK OBAMA. AMEN” (and can be found here).

It’s as though the members of the group are reposting all the anti-Obama campaign material, much of which was completely false. Between pictures of an economic jet being piloted into a volcanic ash cloud (which supposedly represents Obama) and cartoons associating Obama to Hitler, the group has definitely violated Facebook’s terms of service as far as I’m concerned. Look for the group to be deleted by the end of day. Where do you think the line should be drawn when it comes to negative groups on Facebook?

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