Facebook claims blow for independence over PM defiance

Facebook has moved to stress its editorial independence after the controversial Raoul Moat tribute page was taken down by its creator.

Facebook claims blow for independence over PM defiance

The page – “R.I.P RAOUL MOAT YOU LEGEND!” – was the subject of a Downing Street complaint to Facebook after Prime Minister David Cameron blasted the page that sympathised with the gunman as unacceptable.

Facebook will only remove content that violates our terms when reported to us

The page was taken down yesterday, but Facebook was quick to stress that it was not the social network that deleted the page, but its original creator.

“Facebook did not remove the ‘RIP Raoul Moat you Legend’ page,” the social network said in a statement issued shortly after the page disappeared. “Facebook will [only] remove content that violates our terms when reported to us.”

Facebook today told PC Pro that the decision was a stand for editorial independence, saying “otherwise, where do you draw the line?”

“As soon as people noticed it had gone, we wanted to make clear it wasn’t us that had taken it down,” a spokesperson said. “We did remove some comments that violated our terms, but otherwise we treated [it] just like any other case where we receive a complaint.

“In this case, although there were some comments that went too far, there was actually a lot of debate presenting two sides of an argument.”

A second site – RIP Raoul Moat! – is already up and running, and follows a similar theme to the original.

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