Gag Orders in a Facebook Age

by Joey deVilla on January 5, 2008

“For 24 hours, newspapers, TV and radio stations were legally forbidden to release Stefanie Rengel’s name [a teenage girl in Toronto allegedly murdered by a teenage boy, allegedly at the request of his girlfriend, also a teen], but on the Internet tributes to the slain teen – and the names of her accused killers – sprang up almost immediately, including on the social networking site Facebook.

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1 Danny V January 5, 2008 at 12:08 pm

I wouldn’t be surprised if the names of the suspects were made available on Facebook, even though they are under a publication ban due to the Youth Criminal Act [I think that’s what it’s called].

Facebook has definitely made it tougher for everyone to be anonymous especially in cases like this. According to CP24, the three (victim and two alleged attackers/conspirators) were friends therefore there must be some common friends which have released the suspects’ names.

Good or bad? We’ll have to wait and see.

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