Facebooks kill Obama poll under investigation

Written by Press Trust of India | Washington | Updated: Sep 30 2009, 05:48am hrs
Facebook, the popular social networking website, has quickly shut down a third-party application that allowed users to create polls asking if US President Barack Obama should be assassinated.

The poll asked respondents Should Obama be killed The choices: No, Maybe, Yes, and Yes if he cuts my health care. The poll had received 730 responses since its posting on Saturday. The US Secret Service, the agency assigned to protect the President, has launched an investigation.

We worked with Facebook to take it down, and we are currently investigating the matter, Ed Donovan, a secret service spokesman in Washington said. A Facebook spokesman said the Palo Alto-based company was not aware of the poll until Monday and did not know who had posted it or who responded to the poll. At this time, we dont know, said Barry Schnitt, a spokesman for policy. But we assume the developer has some or all of this information. Schnitt said a third-party developer had created the platform on Facebook that allows individuals to create their own polls, Los Angeles Times reported. Threatening the US presidents life is a crime. The Secret Service said it regularly investigates threatening comments or incidents involving disturbing words or images of the chief executive.