Facebook closes ‘shoot Neil Lennon’ page
Facebook has backed down in the dispute over a web page making death threats against Celtic manager Neil Lennon.
The page, ‘Let’s get 100,000 people that want to see Neil Lennon get shot’, was removed from the site yesterday.
It featured messages from more than 800 people calling for him to be hanged or shot.
Facebook bosses refused to delete the group on Monday, saying the comments did not represent a credible intention to kill Lennon.
However, it was removed yesterday morning after being condemned by local politicians as “sick” and “disgusting”. One of the final posts on the group said “Click Click Bang Bang” and featured a mocked-up picture of Lennon with bullet holes in his chest.
A second page, ‘Hating Neil Lennon’, was also removed. Facebook said it did not comment on individual cases but confirmed that the pages had been taken down.
A spokesman said: “We react quickly to remove reported content that violates our terms. 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.”