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CONNECTICUT IN TALKS WITH FACEBOOK ON SANDY HOOK TRIBUTE SITES

     (The following statement from the Connecticut Attorney General's Office 
was received by e-mail and was reformatted. The sender verified the statement.) 
Statement from Attorney General Jepsen on Concerns about Sandy Hook Facebook 
Postings 
Attorney General George Jepsen today issued the following statement in response 
to concerns over postings on Facebook related to the tragedy at Sandy Hook 
Elementary School:  
“I continue to extend my deepest sympathies to the Soto family as well as to 
all the families of the Newtown victims. Any unauthorized use of the identities 
of the victims is reprehensible.  
“On Saturday, my office began a discussion with Facebook about the concerns 
expressed over these tribute sites and on Sunday, I met personally with 
Facebook representatives about this situation. These meetings and discussions 
are continuing with me and at the staff level.  
“I appreciate Facebook’s responsiveness, and I have emphasized to Facebook that 
it must be sensitive to the concerns of the Newtown families. Consistent with 
these discussions, and in keeping with its community standards, Facebook will 
continue to work with our office and will continue to remove postings that are 
designed to harass or intimidate the victims or their families and have no 
legitimate reason to remain on the site. Facebook also will treat pages being 
used unlawfully to solicit donations in the names of the Newtown victims 
similarly.  
“I will continue my discussions with Facebook to make sure it is responsive to 
the needs of the grieving families but also respects the rights of law abiding 
and well-intentioned Facebook users. Again, my sympathies go out to all those 
affected by this tragedy, and I understand and respect their need for privacy.”  
For more information, please visit Attorney General Jepsen's website: 
http://www.ct.gov/ag/cwp/view.asp?Q=519536&A=2341 
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AGJepsen 
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/AGJepsen 
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