Take down Missing Mom Savannah Spurlock's Facebook to protect her grieving family
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Savannah Spurlock is missing. The last time the 22-year-old missing mother of four was seen was in Lexington, Kentucky on Jan. 4. Her case is currently national news and law enforcement and her family is searching tirelessly for her so they may reunite with their loved one and reunite a loving mother with her children.
Lots of rumors and drama have surrounded this case, which isn’t a surprise sadly in the social media age. People want to focus on what they see as the negative aspects of the case instead of focusing on a young mother being missing and possibly endangered. Savannah has a Facebook page with many public posts, where hateful trolls and the judgmental public are allowed to spew racist, violent comments about a missing and endangered woman who’s family is already going through enough. People have even scammed the family, pretending to have the missing woman and demanding a ransom.
After taking an interest in the case and reading the comments on Savannah’s page in disgust, I reached out to Savannahs aunt, Lisa, who runs the “Missing Savannah Spurlock” page on Facebook. I offered her my help in trying to get this situation handled, and am starting by creating this petition and encouraging people to reach out to Facebook so they can have a chance to deal with it appropriately before we explore other options.
Lisa sent me her communications with Facebook customer service and they said they are unable to do anything for anyone unless they are deceased or have a medical incapacity. This is despite Savannah’s mother Ellen’s written permission to remove the content and several pleas to Facebook personally. It is not right that something can not be done for a missing person who is being subject to racist vitriol, and all sorts of toxicity while she isn’t there to defend herself. Missing people are victims too. The families of the missing are as well. They MUST be protected.
Help us protect Savannah by signing this petition so Facebook knows that leaving these public posts up for people to leave vicious comments is psychologically traumatizing to a family that has already been traumatized. Think of Savannah’s children. One day they will be old enough to be able to see these comments. Innocent children don’t deserve to have their lives affected by slander and hatred when they’re missing their mommy and waiting for her to come home.
Facebook needs to start thinking about adding a special category in addition to deceased and medically incapacitated person so that a missing persons dignity and rights are protected when they are unable to defend themselves against slander. If Facebook won’t remove public posts and comments at the request of the family, they need to temporarily disable the profile or the comments.
Please keep Savannah, her children and her family in your thoughts. Please let Facebook know this CANNOT be allowed to continue by signing the petition to have her Facebook turned over to the hands of her mother, Ellen Thoma Spurlock, so she can deactivate comments and continue to search for her daughter.
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