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Facebook refuses to remove vile images of Hillsborough disaster which killed 96 Liverpool fans

by Lauren Riley. Published Fri 31 Aug 2012 11:51

Bosses at the social networking site Facebook have refused to remove graphic images making vile jibes about the Hillsborough disaster from its website.

The pictures are from the Leppings Lane end of the stadium where 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives and were doctored with disgusting captions.

The disaster took place during an FA Cup semi final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on April 15, 1989.

Facebook refused to close the controversial page, which has been criticised by many users of the site, because it does not violate their policies.

Three pictures of Liverpool fans pressed up against railings at the disaster captioned with sick jibes were uploaded on Wednesday night.

A spokeswoman for Facebook said the page had been looked into but no action would be taken.

She said: "Specifically we're sensitive to content that includes pornography, bullying, hate speech, and actionable threats of violence.

"The goal of these policies is to strike a very delicate balance between giving people the freedom to express themselves and maintaining a safe and trusted environment.

"In general, groups devoted to jokes, even disgusting and distasteful ones, do not violate our policies.

"Where these groups make real threats or statements of hate, however, we will remove them."

Three pictures from Hillsborough branded with vile captions were uploaded on to the Facebook page on Wednesday night, receiving more than 200 angry comments.

Margaret Aspinall, who lost her son James, 18, in the tragedy, is the chairwoman of the Hillsborough Family Support Group and called the lack of action "appalling".

She said: "It’s absolutely appalling. I really think that these people are very, very sick-minded.

"As if the families have not gone through enough in the 23 years."


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