The State of Texas is asking Facebook to take down the page of the most notorious serial killer in Houston history.
Elmer Wayne Henley, Jr. is currently serving six life sentences in prison for his part in the mass murders of over 20 young boys in the 1970s. . . . And he has a Facebook page.
The Facebook page claims to be the authorized page of Henley.
My intended purpose in authorizing this public forum is to allow anyone who’s interested to ask questions, exchange ideas and comments, and most importantly, observe those changes in me.
Now, prisoners in the State of Texas are not allowed to have Facebook pages, and it is reported that Henley is not running this page personally. But his proxy maintains that the content is coming directly from Henley himself through forms of legal communication.
I’ll reserve comment, but the issues in play here should be obvious to you guys.
Does the state have a case? Should Facebook remove a page clearly maintained by someone with the right to do so, simply because its content comes from a man deemed deplorable by the public? What about other “Fan” pages? Would removing it infringe on free speech? Thoughts?