Not long after the name of the shooter who killed nearly 30 people — including 20 children — was released following a tragedy Friday morning at a Connecticut elementary school, many people rushed to Facebook to find the social media profile of Ryan Lanza. The Facebook profile of a Ryan Lanza from Newtown, Conn. was posted all over the Internet, with roughly 9,000 people sharing his profile photo. However, the early reports were erroneous, and it was later confirmed that the shooter was 24-year-old Ryan Lanza’s 20-year-old brother, Adam Lanza.
With 2012 drawing to a close, Wednesday was year in review time at Facebook, as the social network released its 2012 Year in Review, as well as instructions for its users to create their own year in review posts.
While Facebook pages paying tribute to James Holmes — the alleged shooter in the attacks in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., last week during the premiere showing of The Dark Knight Rises — may violate all standards of common decency, they apparently do not violate Facebook’s terms of service.
Just as users can visit a brand’s Facebook page to tell them how much they love the product or offer ideas, they can also leave negative feedback. Brands — notably Chick-fil-A and the National Rifle Association — recently discovered that social media is a two-way street for good and for bad.
A Littleton, Colo., Facebook user was mistakenly caught up in the rush to gather information on the suspect in the tragic shootings in a theater in nearby Aurora, Colo., during a premiere showing of Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises, as the Facebook user had the misfortunate of sharing the suspect’s name and being located nearby.