Facebook pledges to take action against criminal fan pages

Facebook has vowed to take action against users of its social network who set up pages that laud and celebrate the actions of criminals.

Facebook has vowed to take action against users of its social network who set up pages that laud and celebrate the actions of criminals.

 
The promise follows the arrest of a man who set up a Facebook group that describes alleged murderer Dale Cregan, charged with killing two unarmed female police officers and a father and son, as a “legend,” resulting in widespread outrage.
 
The police said such activity may be prosecuted under the Public Order Act, which may make people think twice about defending illegal behaviour.
 
Simon Milner, head of the Public Policy Unit for the UK division of Facebook, said that the terms of service “are absolutely clear on this kind of thing” and that there was “no grey area,” according to The Telegraph.
 
It appears that Facebook removed the main offending page, but another entitled "Dale cregan vs corrupt police" is still active.
 
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A page calling for the glorification pages to be removed
 
Facebook has also rolled out a new Support Dashboard, which it has been testing since April. This will allow users who report posts to track and challenge Facebook's response. 
 
The company said this is particularly important for cases of cyber bullying, where it can be difficult for Facebook moderators to ascertain whether or not a post is offensive. When it comes to fan pages of criminals, however, it seems Facebook won't tolerate them.
 
Source: The Telegraph