Obama assassination poll on Facebook removed

08:43, September 30, 2009      

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Facebook have removed a poll that had asked users to vote on whether President Obama should be assassinated. The U.S. Secret Service is also investigating in an attempt to find who posted the poll. US Officials will take "the appropriate investigative steps," a spokesman said.

The poll was posted on Saturday, September 26, using a third-party application not connected with Facebook itself. It was taken down from the site as soon as the company became aware of it.

The poll, described by Facebook as "offensive", asked respondents "Should Obama be killed?" and offered four possible responses: "No", "Maybe", "Yes", and "Yes if he cuts my health care".

All threats to the President's life are rigorously investigated by the U.S. Secret Service. "We take... these things seriously," said Darrin Blackford, a Secret Service spokesman.

Facebook has said it would fully cooperate with the investigation. "We're working with the U.S. Secret Service, but they'll need to provide any details of their investigation," said Barry Schnitt, Facebook's spokesman for policy.

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