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Feb. 6, 2013 9:00 am

Philly D.A. Seth Williams to Mark Zuckerberg: ‘You are contributing to the culture of intimidation that exists in this city’

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to take down the page of a user who Williams said is using the social network to intimidate a witness, the Philadelphia Inquirer, among several other local news outlets, reported. Williams sent a strongly-worded letter to Zuckerberg after his office sent multiple requests to Facebook […]

Philly District Attorney Seth Williams has had problems with social media being used for witness intimidation in the past.

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to take down the page of a user who Williams said is using the social network to intimidate a witness, the Philadelphia Inquirer, among several other local news outlets, reported.

Williams sent a strongly-worded letter to Zuckerberg after his office sent multiple requests to Facebook to take the page down, the Inquirer reported.

“By ignoring our pleas and continuing to allow these images on your website, you are contributing to the culture of intimidation and fear that exist in this city, where witness intimidation permeates our neighborhoods and courtrooms,” Williams wrote. CBS Philly posted the letter here [pdf].

Read the whole Inquirer story here.

Both Twitter and Google have reported increases in government requests for removals, as well as data. Check out the Twitter Transparency Report and the Google Transparency Report. Facebook has not released a transparency report, as far as we can tell.

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Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes began as lead reporter at Technically Philly in July 2012. Previously, she was a city services beat reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, as part of a project called “It’s Our Money.” She is learning to drive, learning to bike (in the city) but is an expert at taking SEPTA. She grew up in North Jersey and Manila, Philippines but she left the tropics for Bryn Mawr College, where she majored in linguistics. She now lives in West Philly.

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