Facebook Facilitates "Hit List," Murders

CNN, Wednesday, August 25, 2010 2:30 PM
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It's hard to imagine anything spoiling teens' rapacious appetite for Facebook... until you hear about a story like this: "Three teens who were on a 69-name hit list posted on Facebook have been killed in the past 10 days in a southwestern Colombian town," officials tell CNN. "Police say they do not know who posted the list or why the names are on it." The hit list on Facebook, which was posted August 17, gave the people named three days to leave the town of Puerto Asis or be executed, Volmar Perez Ortiz, a federal official whose title is defender of the public, tells CNN.

"Police at first thought the posting was a joke, Perez said in a statement issued Saturday ... But the publication of a second list with 31 additional names led authorities to convene a special security meeting Friday." Two Facebook representatives did not return a message Tuesday asking for comment, but the crimes come at a time when Facebook is aggressively expanding its international footprint in the hopes of eventually reaching over a billion members.
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