Facebook slammed after shut-down snub

Montgomery High School
Montgomery High School

Horrified parents have hit out at social media website Facebook after moderators refused to take down the page threatening a ‘massacre’.

The ‘MontyMassacre’ Facebook page – which went online on Sunday in an apparent copycat incident – shared a picture montage of several current and former students, some of whom expressed their shock and horror at being included, and said there was ‘not long left’.

Apparently Facebook don’t think that threatening to shoot at a school is violence

The page also warned more violence would take place at the school on Friday before disppearing from the site late on Sunday.

Worried parents who reported the page said they were told by Facebook moderators the content was acceptable.

Facebook’s public Community Standards states: “We carefully review reports of threatening language to identify serious threats of harm to public and personal safety. We remove credible threats of physical harm to individuals. We also remove specific threats of theft, vandalism or other financial harm.”

But shocked users who reported the page were told: “The page hasn’t been removed because it doesn’t go against the Facebook Community Standards.”

Thornton dad Derek Huyton, who reported the page for ‘credible threats of violence’, was just one of several parents whose complaints were dismissed by Facebook moderators.

He said he was shocked the threats were not taken seriously. He said: “Facebook recently banned a picture of a new mother breastfeeding a baby. It had been reported for nudity. Perhaps we need to remember that Facebook is based in the USA where threats like this can be and have been carried out. It actually makes me more surprised they didn’t take immediate action.”

In a social media post, Tracey Gritt, who received the same response, said: “Apparently Facebook don’t think that threatening to shoot at a school is violence. Are they for real?” But Facebook’s Community Standards Guidelines went on to state: “Reporting something doesn’t guarantee that it will be removed because it may not violate our policies.

“Not all disagreeable or disturbing content violates our Community Standards. For this reason, we offer you the ability to customise and control what you see by unfollowing, blocking and hiding the posts, people, pages and applications you don’t want to see.”

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