Feb 4 2010 Chester Chronicle
Outrage at ‘sick’ Facebook group attacking Chester fatal stabbing victim Fynn Western-Davey
FRIENDS of fatal stabbing victim Fynn Western-Davey have branded as ‘sick’ a so-called hate site set up on Facebook criticising the deceased.
Within hours of Mr Western-Davey’s death, the group, named ‘RIP Fynn, U is dead’, was accessible to all members of the worldwide social networking site.
Friends of Mr Western-Davey immediately reported the ‘hate’ group, which featured contributions by people apparently using false names but the link closed when the creator removed their name.
One friend of the deceased, Kat Palmer, a model, wrote: “Everyone that loved Fynn in whatever way needs to report this sick group and get them kicked off!”
The Chronicle has contacted Facebook and police in a bid to remove all offensive postings on Facebook, including implied threats of violence against the accused.
But Facebook takes a lenient view saying the individuals being discussed are ‘already in the public spotlight’ and the fact some people may find comments ‘controversial, inaccurate or even offensive’ is ‘not alone a reason to remove them’.
However, Cheshire Police spokeswoman Shelley Williams indicated pressure was being applied.
She said: “There are a number of offensive, insulting and threatening posts aimed directly at these individuals, we are liaising with the social networking site with a view to facilitating the removal of any such inappropriate threatening and abusive comments.”
A genuine Facebook tribute site in memory of Fynn Western-Davey now has more than 2,100 members with dozens of postings left by friends.