Is This Facebook Page A Threat Or A Warning?

A Facebook group put up by an anonymous user seems to be suggesting a threat against people who sign the recall petitions in Wisconsin against Republican Governor Scott Walker. The page was initially launched with a message that read:

You know who you are. WE know who you are. This is gonna get FUN!!

I'm sure as hell going to inform my employer about co-workers names that show up. He is a true Walker supporter. He was looking to let go a couple of that decision is made that much easier.

The group's profile pic is a photo of a house on fire. The implication is clearly that those who signed petitions to recall Walker would be targeted with loss of job or their home being burned.

After a number of websites learned of the group, the original message was scrubbed from the site and it was "remade" as a "warning" that right-wing extremists might engage in this type of behavior:

Daily Kos gets it wrong, as usual. This is Knot a hate page. This is a page warning petition signers of a clear and possible realitly that radical right wing extremists will be getting your info off the Recall Petitions.

If you read posts on the page, though, this smokescreen falls flat, as there are denigrating references towards liberals and the page lists among its favorites the "Verify the Recall" group, which claims to be a nonpartisan group interested only in making sure recall petition signers were legitimate, but is a fan of tea party-related groups and organizations like Wisconsin GrandSons of Liberty, which is promoting events like a "Celebrate Walker" rally and is linked to numerous right-wing organizations.

It seems clear the original page was going to be flagged and removed as a threatening site and they changed the tenor of the page to comply with Facebook guidelines.


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