September 29, 2009

Secret Service investigating Facebook poll on Obama

Posted: 12:12 PM ET

The social networking site Facebook on Monday pulled a third-party application that allows users to create polls after a site member built a poll asking if President Obama should be killed.

The U.S. Secret Service, the agency assigned to protect the president, has launched an investigation, agency spokesman James Mackin said.

"As is usually the case, our vigilant users reported it to us first," Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt told CNN. "The USSS [Secret Service] sent us an e-mail late this morning PDT asking us to take it down. At that point, it had already been removed, and we let them know."

Schnitt said the application "was immediately suspended while the inappropriate content could be removed by the developer and until such time as the developer institutes better procedures to monitor their user-generated content."

Facebook allows third-party developers to create applications - such as polls and quizzes - which are then made available to Facebook users, who use the applications to create specific content. Users may choose to make their content available to the general population of Facebook or limit it only to their friends.

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Tess   September 29th, 2009 1:09 pm ET

This victim must be ill. Thirty years does not make a guilty person free. What if this happened to your child Huh? How could anyone even say set him free, leave him alone? This is a rape of a child folks. Are we human or what. If a poor regular person did this horrific crime, he would be locked up for life. How can this man get away for his crime while OJ is locked up? Very sick to me. Gold help us all.

Tess   September 29th, 2009 1:11 pm ET

Sorry the msg was for the International Justice case. Pls ignore.

Scott Stodden   September 29th, 2009 2:15 pm ET

Larry I feel this is just another hateful person out there who has nothing better to do than to hate and want to see bad things happen. Iam so disturbed by this poll and whoever created this poll should be investigated and brought to justice. If you dont like the President that's one thing but nobody should ever vote for anyone to be killed.

alex lyrics   September 29th, 2009 2:19 pm ET

What’s haunting her now is the new pay-off that she will receive for going to court and saying she wants the man free after he has not served but 40 days in jail for raping her.

Not only did he drug her and rape her, but also he sodomized her anally.

He admitted to liking young girls on video. This man has made billions, and he most likely will pay her upwards of $25 million to go and lie and say she wants him free.

The sheriff of Santa Barbara made legislation that there is no statue of limitations on sexual assaults of minors and that even though people are paid a settlement, the state would still go forward with the charge.

This man has not even been sentenced, and that mean that he has never served one day for the crime outside of the original arrest.

Hadassah Osimen   September 29th, 2009 2:56 pm ET

Wow!! I hope they are tracked! This is serious!

Roland-St George, UT   September 29th, 2009 3:06 pm ET

Talk is cheap and those talking about wanting ANY president killed (regardless who it is) have no idea of the implications. Think 9/11 all over again. For a country to go through a presidential assassination is fully demoralizing. Any sense of safety, or peace, or prosperity is gone in an instant–it does not matter how much you hate that president personally. In this case I hope the Secret Service finds whoever created this poll, as well as the users who were foolish enough to answer that they wanted the president killed and kicks them all off of Facebook (at the very least), but also investigates each one of them. I would want the same, regardless who was in the White House. In this country we change presidents by way of the ballot box...not by murdering them out of office.

svetlanax   September 29th, 2009 3:15 pm ET

It will be a lot of such incidents in future. The most important is to react immediately and remove all these posts like it was always done before.

dian noer   September 29th, 2009 3:18 pm ET

would like to see the result of this investigation and who the people behind it/

Jan   September 29th, 2009 3:23 pm ET

this is dreadful!

Dodie ~ California   September 29th, 2009 3:50 pm ET

I want a ballot vote for all Americans to include the following:

1. NO health care for all elected officials in Congress!!! I want them on the same level as the rest of us!

2. Lobbyists will become illegal!

What is wrong with this country? We elect self serving officials that do NOT represent the vast majority of American citizens.

There is NO health care reform with out “public Option”

I am outraged. We can support a 3 Trillion dollar war in Iraq for 8 years, bail out Wall Street & Banks for hundreds of billions of dollars, who are now giving themselves more bonuses, but we are NOT willing to take care of our own people?????

I urge Americans to take to the streets and demonstrate!!! No president can fight Congress alone! He needs OUR support.

Watch out Congress officials…. You are making this country a 3rd world power. Then where will you go???

From an American Citizen who has health care!

Gina Marie Braten   September 29th, 2009 4:53 pm ET

Regardless of one's feelings about the Pres, this is beyond irresponsible! These evil hatemongers need to be held accountable. Unfortunately, I'm not surprised. Go on the internet any given day and see what hate they spew at Obama, much of it is racist.

John H   September 29th, 2009 5:20 pm ET

There are some really sick puppies out there. I may not agree with everything President Obama does but he is our lawfully elected president and we should not be thinking of such things as suggested in this poll. People who are willing to run for such a thankless job should not be discouraged by fear of physical harm to themselves or their families. I realize that there are many who will disagree with me but we have always gotten someone who cares about this country in one way or another and does what he or she feels is right and in the best interests of us all. If you have a gripe that is bothering you to such a degree, then you should seek professional help to get you back on solid ground and away from such ridiculous thoughts. I remember being in my Army Barracks in Augsburg, Germany the day President Kennedy was killed and it was an unbelieveable shock. The German people took it so hard that in many places they banned music from juke boxes in local Gasthouses and encouraged people not to gather in large groups. President Kennedy was much liked in Germany back then and he may as well have been their president. I would not like to go through an experience like that again regardless of whether the person in question was one I admired or if he/she was on my current sh.t list.

MaryRM   September 29th, 2009 6:13 pm ET

I don't like to call up the race card, but if Hillary or any other caucasian was in office, this facebook page would never have been made. It is very sad to see the extremist hatred that is still in America.

JB   September 29th, 2009 6:34 pm ET

As i understand it the poll asked IF he should be killed not THAT he should be.
Regardless, it was irresponsible to do a movie on assinating Bush and irresponsible to post a poll about doing it to Obama. The movie was released and maybe they'll release the poll results.
Make no mistake there are right wing and left wing extreemists and black and white racists. The problem is we want statesmen and we get politicians in empty suits and they come in all colors.

Jane C   September 29th, 2009 7:00 pm ET

Lot of people in UK couldn't even get on Facebook all day. Yahoo Answers was busy with everyone asking same question 'Can anyone get on Facebook?'

Adriana-Hacienda Heights CA   September 29th, 2009 8:26 pm ET

It is a sad period of time when our elected representatives can't identify with the voters their are representing. I have had health insurance all my life. However, I have come across many that lost their coverage because of lay offs and other reasons.

Every human being deserves liberty, pursuit of happiness, food, shelter and health care.

As far as making a comment on the idiots that believe in killing the president...I think they should be placed in mental institutions...better yet send them to the middle east...their hatred will find a purpose there.

Rachelle C. San Francisco, Ca   September 29th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Facebook should have very strict stimulations, to what type of polls and content that could be possibly posted. If, I am not mistaken, in their terms and agreement policy, it states that some content will be restricted. So, How did this poll even make it through.

veronica   September 30th, 2009 3:27 am ET

Please, most poeple can't even work facebook! Is that all people do is find things to talk about when they don't have anything else to do? Just wondering why they never found this information before he became obama to us? Leave obama be he just trying to make a change that started back in the day! Obama got this noo one thought he could make it he did so let him at least try to make some changes. People say they want this and this and new laws more sick care. And when we get it we ask from who well how, when! Why do it matter just be glad we getting it. In America you always want more than you'll ever be able to get. Obama hasn't done anything wrong he's the man with plan!

barnigo williams   September 30th, 2009 12:39 pm ET

the fear of god is the begining of wisdom.touch not my anointed and do them no harm..this are the true words of the most high god.hate only bring distruction.let obama alone..dont forget this man is a father who owe a lot to his kids.but this kids will grow up in a society that claim to be one of the best.but have got some much of grudge for the is the key to the gate way.bless

barnigo williams   September 30th, 2009 1:00 pm ET

i am not a hater of bush.but still he went for a war that almost crumbled the economy and is still a big threat to the people.he spent hard earned tax payers money on a baseless war..trillions of and then no body ever said of killing him.or calling him a lieyer even when he did lie to americans about the war in health care is the problem for so a great nation like a big shame that you can spend trillions on stupidities.but not for ya peoples care is a must..

nardofree in virginia   September 30th, 2009 1:45 pm ET


Dodie ~ California   September 30th, 2009 8:58 pm ET

We certainly have a lot of hate in this country! This is quickly becoming a very dangerous country!

I am very worried for Pres. Obama's safety! Its most unfortunate that this man is SO MUCH MORE INTELLIGENT than many citizens of this country, therefore they have NO idea what good he is doing!

The first 100 days I only remember Bush digging on his ranch in the dirt. I asked myself... Why is the President of the USA not in Washington?

President Obama came into a MESS!!! We are at the end of the Capitalization road whereby all Large Corporate American own the country and us worker bees just keep working until we die!

Very sad that I see this in my life time. No president can fix this. It will come from regulating and limiting all of Corporate America.

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