American Net Users Vote to Kill Obama

Bizarre. But it is true. The restless US citizens are crossing all limits. In the latest Internet fiasco they are conducting online poll whether to kill their president Barack Obama for the policies which they think are wrong. These kinds of crazy acts on the Internet will ruin its image as liberal space to express opinion for the betterment.

The Times of India writes (30 September 2009)

The US Secret Service is investigating an online survey that asked whether people thought President Barack Obama should be assassinated, officials said on Monday.

The poll, posted on Saturday on Facebook, was taken off the popular social networking site quickly after company officials were alerted to its existence.

But, like any threat against the president, Secret Service agents are taking no chances. “We are aware of it and we will take the appropriate investigative steps,” said Darrin Blackford, a Secret Service spokesman. “We take of these things seriously.”

The poll asked respondents “Should Obama be killed?” The choices: No, Maybe, Yes, and Yes if he cuts my health care.

The question was not created by Facebook, but by an independent person using an add-on application that has been suspended from the site.

“The third-party application that enabled an individual user to create the offensive poll was brought to our attention this morning,” said Barry Schnitt, Facebook’s spokesman for policy.

Because the application was disabled, the responses to the nonscientific polls are not available. “We’re working with the US Secret Service, but they’ll need to provide any details of their investigation,” Schnitt said.

Over 750 Facebook users had reportedly cast votes by the time the poll was yanked from the wildly popular online social networking community. “This is sick and sad,” a Facebook user with the screen name Cocoa Fly said in a posting as the poll fueled passionate online exchanges at the website. “All of this anti-Obama rage is pure racism.” obama


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