It took weeks for Anna Lamb-Creasey to find out that her son was dead, and she’s blaming the delay on both local police, and an obscure Facebook messaging feature. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, police in Clayton County, Ga. contacted Lamb-Creasey via Facebook to notify her that her 30-year-old son had been found dead, but the message was sent from an anonymous, unofficial account, and therefore sat unread in a corner of her inbox reserved for missives from non-Facebook friends.
Why Facebook’s “other” messaging folder is simply a terrible idea.
But if they are local police then why were they using Facebook & not going to her door?
The other message folder isn’t in itself a terrible idea. I get spam on Facebook constantly from all sorts of people I don’t know. The problem with it is that people don’t know it exists.
But the police should never be attempting to contact anyone through Facebook. What the fuck.