COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WOOD) - Facebook has removed a "hate" page attacking a 13-year-oldComstock Park middle school student.
The girl's mother and her school, Mill Creek Middle, tried fordays to get Facebook to remove the page. As of Friday, the page wasstill posted.
Facebook responded this week. Now, users who click on the sitefrom Google will be directed to the Facebook home page only.
Facebook responded to WOOD TV8 by e-mail with its policy oncyber bullying:
"The safety of our users is extremely important to us, and wehave strict policies that prohibit the posting of content thatbullies or harasses. Facebook is based on a real name culture,where people must associate their actions with their true names andidentities in front of their real world friends and family.
We maintain a robust reporting infrastructure that leveragesFacebook's 400 million users to keep an eye out for offensive orpotentially dangerous content. This reporting infrastructureincludes report links on pages across the Facebook site, systems toprioritize the most serious reports, and a trained team ofreviewers who respond to reports and escalate them to lawenforcement as needed. This team treats reports of harassing
messages and impostor profiles as a priority, as well asreports for groups and Pages where "Targets me or a friend" ischosen as the reporting reason. We also prioritize serious reportssubmitted through the contact forms in our Help Center.
Facebook regularly participates in educational campaignsaround bullying with organizations like MTV and the BBC, andFacebook was a founding member of the Stop Cyberbullying Coalitionconvened by WiredSafety. In fact, we recently launched acompletely redesigned SafetyCenter with help from our Safety Advisory Board that includesextensive information about bullying. You can read more about it here. We provide anumber of tips for teens to prevent or address bullying in the FAQ here.
While only a small percentage of people will ever experiencebullying on Facebook, we're concerned about any abusive behavior,and have made these efforts to promote an environment whereeveryone on Facebook can connect and share comfortably. Weencourage those who notice bullying to immediately report it to us,and to discuss with parents, teachers, and others in the communitywho can help."
A man is in jail, allegedly connected to 14 burglaries that occurred in Cass County this month.
A sheriff's deputy car and a Michigan State Police SUV were among the damaged vehicles.
Broadmoor Avenue has reopened after it was shut down due to a four-vehicle crash in Caledonia.