Facebook killers come in six types: researchers

UK-based study finds patterns in social media encounters that turn violent

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Facebook killers come in six types: researchers Researchers said the data did not suggest a causal link between Facebook itself and the crimes being studied.
By  Stephen McBride Published  November 4, 2014

Fantasists concoct fake personas and motives for themselves and the people they communicate with, for the purposes of living out a false reality. They may resort to killing as an attempt to preserve their illusion.

A predator deliberately falsifies their profile to lure a victim to a real-world meeting.

Imposters pose as an existing person from the real world who may or may not already have a profile. The person they pose as is sometimes the victim, in order to fool others into thinking they are still alive.

Yardley stressed that Facebook murders did not differ much in nature from those without a social media dimension, but some respects that varied were age and gender. Victims and perpetrators were relatively young and women constituted a higher percentage of victims than among murders as a whole. There was also a relatively high proportion of murder-suicides among the Facebook-related crimes.

Yardley also highlighted that the data did not suggest a causal link between Facebook itself and the crimes being studied.

"Facebook is no more to blame for these homicides than a knife is to blame for a stabbing. It's the intentions of the people using these tools that we need to focus upon."

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