Tuesday afternoon, Jack Thompson sent me his press release announcing that he was suing Facebook "for posting 'Jack Thompson Groups' that call for his death and physical harm."
Thompson sent three faxes to Facebook’s CEO demanding the immediate removal of the offending groups but after five weeks had received no response and the groups remained where they were.
I asked Thompson if he had tried simply clicking on the Report Group link (found at the bottom of every Facebook group) or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. According to the Facebook Safety page, complaints submitted via these methods will be addressed within 24 hours and those who email will receive a response within 72 hours detailing what actions, if any, were taken.
He responded by calling me a "total moron."
So, I browsed Facebook and found about 80 Jack Thompson groups. Most were of the "I Hate Jack Thompson" or "Jack Thompson is a Douche" variety but I did find three that condoned violence towards the man. I picked a group called "I will pay $50 to anyone who punches Jack Thompson in the face" and clicked the Report Group link. Unsurprisingly, the group was removed less than a day later. (Old link to the now deleted group)
Incidentally, this particular group turned out to be the first of four cited in Thompson’s complaint.
So, you’re welcome, Thompson.
Glad I could help.
-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Senior Correspondent Andrew Eisen…