Sometime in the past week somebody created and posted a poll on Facebook asking whether President Obama should be assassinated. The poll asked “Should Obama be killed?” The answer choices were “yes”, “no”, “maybe”, and “if he cuts my health care.”
In cooperation with the U.S. Secret Service, Facebook has pulled the “Should Obama be killed?” poll, but not before 750 users had voted.
“Once we found out about it, we worked with Facebook to have it removed,” said a Secret Service spokesperson.
And, of course, the U.S. Secret Service is investigating. “We are certainly investigating; just like we would with any threat case,” said the spokesperson.
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Any bets on what will happened to the person who created the poll? To those who answered “yes” (or even “maybe” and “if he cuts my health care”?
(Wouldn’t it be interesting if it turned out that one of the President’s staffers had created the poll, to get their finger on the pulse of how young American voters are feeling?)
“This is sick and sad,” opined one Facebook user.
Said Facebook spokesperson Barry Schnitt, “Of course we are offended by the content of the poll but objectionable ideas are in the world and, unfortunately, manifest on Facebook.”
“We felt we dealt with it in a responsible way by removing it as quick as we were notified,” added Schnitt.
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No word on what answer was in the lead at the time that the poll was shut down.
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