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The US gun lobby group the National Rifle Association (NRA) has closed its Facebook page, which had 1.7 million “likes,” following uproar over the massacre of children at a school on Friday.

The US gun lobby group the National Rifle Association (NRA) has closed its Facebook page, which had 1.7 million “likes,” following uproar over the massacre of children at a school on Friday.

 
The powerful group went silent on social media following the killing of 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elematary School in Newtown, Connecticut, which has re-sparked debate on gun laws in the country.
 
The organisation recently celebrated the milestone of 1.7 million “likes” on Facebook, but has now disabled its page, likely as a way to avoid confronting thousands of comments criticising how easy it is to get guns in the US.
 
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The NRA has also stopped posting to its official Twitter account, which has over 63,000 followers, though the account is still visible. It had been posting almost daily on the lead-up to the shooting, with its final post on Friday running a 10 Days of Christmas competition. The links were to the competition page on Facebook, but now simply redirect to the main Facebook homepage.
 
The shootings in Newtown are the latest in a series of gun attacks in the country, including a rampage in a cinema showing The Dark Knight Rises only a few months ago. The scale of these latest killings, as well the age of the victims, has fuelled calls for restrictions on access to firearms. Obama has vowed action, with many Democrats calling for stronger regulation.
 
Police are also investigating abuse of social media to spread misinformation about the shootings. A number of people have been pretending to be the attacker on Facebook, for example, and police said that these individuals will be prosecuted.
 
Source: The Telegraph