The parents of a child who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting wrote to Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday, pleading with the Facebook founder and CEO to better address the spread of disinformation and the harassment they and other victims face on the social media platform.
Lenny Pozner and Veronique De La Rosa wrote an open letter in The Guardian in which they chastised Zuckerberg for his failure to remove groups and content that promote conspiracy theories. Sandy Hook families, in particular, have been targeted by fringe groups such as Infowars, which falsely claim the shooting never took place or was a “false flag” operation.
“Our families are in danger as a direct result of the hundreds of thousands of people who see and believe the lies and hate speech, which you have decided should be protected,” Pozner and De La Rosa wrote.
Their son, Noah, was killed when a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary in December 2012. He was 6 years old.