Facebook won't remove "Supporters of Lemaricus Davidson" page

Facebook won't remove "Supporters of Lemaricus Davidson" page

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By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A man convicted in the rape, torture and murder of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom has a support face book page and had a personal facebook page. This was until some in the community saw the page and shared the link. Up until this weekend, convicted murderer and rapist Lemaricus Davidson had a personal facebook page but hundreds in the community took steps over the weekend to get the page taken down. The "Supporters of Lemaricus Davidson" facebook page remains.

Robert Davis is facebook friends with Gary Christian. He saw on Gary's page a message about Lemaricus Davidson having his own facebook page. Davis clicked the links and found Davidson's pages.

"It was just a normal facebook page with Lemaricus Davidson's picture on it. The only one that you could leave a comment on was the support page," said Davis.

Seeing the pages upset Davis and many others.

"Channon and Chris are gone no facebook page for them. He shouldn't have any facebook page at all," said Davis.

So Davis and hundreds of others called the Tennessee Department of Corrections.

"I was able to make someone aware of the page and I was told that they would look into it," said Davis.

Dorinda Carter with the Tennessee Department of Corrections says they received calls about Davidson's facebook page then took action.

"We work hard with the people of facebook to remove those pages as soon as they are discovered it's a violation not only our policy but of fb policy," said Carter.

Carter says according to department policy inmates are not allowed to access the internet while incarcerated. Facebook does not allow convicted sex offenders to have a facebook page and people cannot operate a personal facebook page on another's behalf.

While the personal page was removed, facebook says the supporter page may remain. The facebook spokesperson says "The page does not pose a material threat to anyone's safety, and under our terms, has been allowed to stay up."

It's a policy that doesn't sit well with Davis. "I'll do what I can to get the support page down because it doesn't need to be there," he said.

Carter, with the Tennessee Department of Corrections says Davidson's personal facebook page may have been created by his family or friends or he may have illegally gained access to a cell phone and created it. Carter says disciplinary action will be taken if corrections officials determine Davidson had a cell phone.

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