Last week, as you know, I reported on how Pat Hines spoke of violence against innocent children as a way to achieve his political objectives on the Facebook group “Backsass!” run by fellow southern nationalist Connie Chastain. Some readers followed my suggestion to report the threat to Facebook using their rather flawed system; others took the threats to the FBI.
For those who shared this information with the FBI, I thank you. For those of you who reported on Facebook’s failure to act (as well as those of you who shrugged that you did not do Facebook), I hope this is not the end of your concern about the issue. Facebook’s managed to make itself complicit in this matter, and its failure to act ought to be highlighted … and it is being highlighted as I type.
After several recent massacres at campuses and other public places in the United States, people raised questions about whether people knew about someone’s instability or whether the warning systems in place were sufficient. A lot of second-guessing went on. Here we have a case where a man who has spoken of acts of violence in the name of southern nationalism now speaks of murdering innocent children, and makes no apologies for it. Facebook refuses to reject such language. There’s time to do something about it.
What will you do?
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