Monday, January 07, 2008

Alberta Police Shut Down Facebook Group: Violated Youth Criminal Justice Act reports that Camrose, Alberta police have shut down a Facebook group that allegedly published the names of four teens charged in a heinous, microwave killing of a cat.

The Facebook webpage that published the teens' names, a violation of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, has been shut down by the Camrose city police, said Sgt. Tony Thomsen.

Threats against the charged youths were also allegedly posted to the group.

This is the second time in less than a week that a Facebook group has been reported to contain posts allegedly included identifying information prohibited by Canada's Youth Criminal Justice Act.

We previously looked at the law regarding this issue after friends of Stefanie Rengel, a 14 year-old victim of a Toronto murder, established a Facebook group in her name and memory. According to press reports, certain posts to that group also identified the accused teens by name.

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- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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