Why Facebook Pissed Off the Parents of Sandy Hook School Shooting Victims

Sandy Hook parents Lenny Pozner and Veronique De La Rosa have released an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg asking that victims of tragedies be given “protected status” on Facebook. The parents, whose 6-year-old son Noah was killed, along with 19 other children, in the 2012 massacre in Newtown, Connecticut are asking for the protected status in hopes of protecting themselves and future victims of violence from social media trolls. The letter comes after Zuckerberg’s recent interview with podcast “Recode Decode” host Kara Swisher in which the social media mogul suggested that Facebook, which just saw its stock plummet, would continue to be a safe place for conspiracy theorists not actively organizing violent actions.

Essentially, Facebook’s policy, according to Zuck, is that anyone can push misinformation so long as those lies don’t incite violence. The problem that the parents of the Sandy Hook dead are all too aware of is that this semantic distinction is ridiculous. When it comes to school shootings, in particular, it’s absurdly naive.…..read the full article