IF YOU KILL TRUDEAU, YOU WIN
Discussions about killing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have been appearing on a Facebook page for Canadians who align themselves with the so-called yellow vest protests in France.
The Yellow Vests Canada group has gathered more than 100,000 members on Facebook since it launched a month ago as French anti-government demonstrations got underway.
But while the group’s own rules encourage civility and prohibit the advocacy of violence, the page is rife with comments that wish for — and sometimes encourage — the death of the prime minister.
“Trudeau needs to be shot,” read one comment, while another said that whoever did so would become “Canada’s greatest hero.”
“He needs to eat led [sic],” read another comment.
“Just shoot him,” read yet another.
Some said he should be hanged or posted images of a noose, guillotine, electric chair and gunman. Others referred to the assassination of former U.S. president John F. Kennedy.
“The RCMP is aware of the comments made on Facebook,” Staff Sgt. Tania Vaughan told Global News. “We take all threats made against the prime minister very seriously.”
Facebook said it was reviewing the posts and comments and would take action as warranted.
“We do not tolerate harassment on Facebook, and it’s our aim to prevent any potential real-world harm that may be related to content on our platform,” a Facebook spokesperson said.
“That’s why we remove content, disable accounts and use a combination of technology, reports from our community and human review to enforce our policies.”
On Tuesday, a Facebook account used to organized ‘yellow vests’ protests in London was suspended for hate speech.Post too long. Click here to view the full text.