Alleged Killer in Facebook
It's been less than 6 hours since the Virginia Tech gunman Cho Seung Hui was identified and already 38 global groups bearing his name in their title or description have sprung up on Facebook. That number seems to be increasing by the minute as students from across the country and indeed the world, voice their opinion on the largest school shooting in American history.
Of these groups, 18 convey messages of sympathy, tribute or solitary, six are from media outlets which express sympathy while fishing for students with any information on either Hui or the shooting generally and 16 are so-called "bashing groups" with names like "Crazy bastard Cho Seung-hui" and "I Hope Cho Seung-Hui Burns in Hell."
The largest group thus far is "4/16/07" a memorial group with 5,556 members, "Prayer For Virginia Tech University" is next with 3,509 members and "f*** cho seung-hui" is third with 1,226 members. The social networking site is also being used to commemorate some of the 33 members of the Virginia Tech community who were killed during yesterday's attack, and as a forum to grieve.
-- Emil Steiner
By Hal Straus |
April 17, 2007; 1:55 PM ET
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