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Facebook cracks down on East Lancashire troll pages
SEVERAL of the ‘50 shades of...’ Facebook groups where people posted candid and offensive photographs have been removed by the social networking site.
As of yesterday afternoon, Facebook had taken down the ‘50 shades of Burnley’, ‘50 shades of Nelson’, and ‘50 shades of Rossendale’ pages.
The sites featured pictures of people in the various towns, sometimes taken without their knowledge, and many were subject to vile comments.
However, the ‘50 shades of Blackburn’, ‘50 shades of Colne’ and ‘50 shades of Accrington’ pages were still on the site.
A Facebook spokesman said these pages remained because they were not in breach of any of the site’s rules.
She said: “These pages do not break Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.”
She was unable to specify exactly why the other pages had been removed, but confirmed that pages that ‘violate our community standards such as bullying, harassment or hate speech’ would be taken down.
The spokesman added: “While we can’t comment on specific details of individual cases, profiles, pages, photos or groups can be removed for a variety of reasons.
“Facebook is highly self-regulating, and people can and do report content that they find questionable or offensive.
“We take our rules very seriously, and act quickly when they are broken.
“We encourage people to continue to use our tools to report objectionable content so that we can investigate and take action.”
Katie Dowd, a 26-year-old anti-bullying campaigner from Colne who set up a ‘50 shades of bullying’ page to shame those posting on the sites, welcomed Facebook’s decision to take pages down.
She said: “It’s really good. That’s one of the reasons why I put the page up, to highlight what was going on.
“I’m pleased with that.”
Katie said that she could not comment on whether the other sites should be shut down, as she had not seen them recently, but she said any content posted without permission should be removed.
She added: “If people are sending pictures in themselves they can’t complain, but the ones where people don’t know the pictures of them are being put up, they should be taken down.
“I’ve seen a few complaints on pictures that haven’t been removed.”
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