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Facebook Page Targets Magic Valley Residents

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By Andrew Reed

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Many people are active on social media sites, but sometimes putting information out there can be risky.

Just yesterday, two Facebook pages were created targeting Magic Valley residents.

Locals are appalled by the pages and say it's a form of cyberbullying.

When you see these pages, it's alarming especially to young adults and even parents.

20-year-old Kaitlyn Hamby of Twin Falls is one of the latest victims targeted on Facebook.

Recently, someone started creating Facebook pages like Magic Valley Manwhores and Magic Valley's Number #1 skanks.

These pages are gaining hundreds of likes within hours of creation.

"I was a little bit hurt, kind of mad just because it's ridiculous. It's a form of bullying and I was really mad about it because the person who put me on their I haven't spoken to in a year and half and that was shocking” said Kaitlyn Hamby, bullied online.

This is how it works, someone is an administrator on the page. People submit photos and include hateful words about an individual. the administrator then post the photos on the page.

"It had my name; it said biggest skank in Twin Falls” said Hamby.

We reached out to facebook and they said, "We do not tolerate bullying or harassment. We allow users to speak freely on matters and people of public interest, but take action on all reports of abusive behavior directed at private individuals."

"I think it's just people just trying to bully other people and to get a kick out of it, they're so pointless and you can't really stop them from making the pages” said Hamby.

However, can the administrator on the page actually be stopped?

Filer Chief of Police Timothy Reeves said, there is an Idaho code for cyberbullying and you will be prosecuted if caught.

"Facebook has been really good with working with law enforcement when we do have cyberbullying. Usually we contact facebook, they'll freeze the account so information can't be destroyed and then we can do our research to figure out who they are and where they logged on to create the account” said Chief Timothy Reeves, Filer Police Department.

Facebook has shutdown both pages saying the administrator violated the terms of service.

The company is currently investigating it on their end.


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