Facebook Deletes Pages of 30 British Prisoners
They were taunting families of victims
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Feb 11, 2010 2:30 PM CST
A Facebook user edits their settings in this file photo.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick, File)

(Newser) – Facebook has pulled down 30 pages belonging to British convicts after the Justice Secretary complained they were using them to taunt their victims’ families. Jack Straw made the request after meeting with victims and said the profiles were down within 48 hours. One gangster said he could not wait to see the fear in people’s eyes when he was released; another prisoner wished for a remote control to “delete people when I need to.”

Straw thanked Facebook for its cooperation and said he would push to limit prisoners’ ability to post, reports the BBC. But “I’m afraid we’re dealing with crooks ... who actually have no respect for their own bodies and so they push these mobile telephones into their body orifices.” Even rooting out these hidden phones might not solve the problem, he said, because there’s evidence the convicts’ families posted some of the offending material.