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Facebook has become a gangsters' meetings

January 21 2009

Popular social networking site Facebook has fallen victim to its own attractiveness to users. More recently it was occupied by open spaces are the real criminals - the representatives of the Sicilian Mafia.

The last few weeks, the Italian authorities monitor panels Facebook, which are devoted to the Mafia. They suspect that among the participants in the casual online conversations is very real mafia.

At the same time, the administration of the service forced thousands of its users to remove pages that contain promafioznye statements and judgments.

Anti-mafia group, which monitors, and found more than 2000 users, who praised Salvatore "Toto" Riina - one of the most famous Sicilian mafia boss, who is serving a prison sentence since 1993. No less a fan of his closest associate of Bernardo Provenzano, a fugitive from justice for 40 years until he was arrested in 2006. Both the "hero" chronicles the criminal had been sentenced to several life imprisonment.

Administration Facebook has always declared its users' right to free exchange of views. However, communities and groups dedicated to the Mafia began to attract attention as the press and law enforcement agencies. In this situation, the owner of social networking were forced to make a statement that they are ready to extend full cooperation to the authorities, but with one proviso.

In terms of the service are specified conditions under which the user loses access to Facebook. The Administration is prepared to share information only if the established fact of illegal activities, such as a discussion group discussed a plan the crime.

Thus, Facebook, and Italian authorities came to an agreement on cooperation in the fight against the Mafia. On the other hand, the apparent criminal activity on the site is currently not observed.

Paul Urushev

Андрей Гальперин

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