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    Find Madeleine McCann Twitter account to be shut down because of "continuous abuse" from trolls

    Find Madeleine McCann Twitter account to be shut down because of "continuous abuse" from trolls

    Mirror
    Richard Wheatstone 1 hour ago


    The official Twitter account of the Find Madeleine campaign has been taken down because of 'continuous abuse and negativity' from online trolls.

    The decision was made by Maddie's parents Gerry and Kate McCann in the aftermath of a row with the Find Ben Needham Twitter account.

    The Find Maddie account blocked the Ben Needham campaign on Twitter, saying "We do not want to be associated with some of the types of people they (@FindBen Needham) follow."

    Ben Needham's mum has previously criticized the money spent by police on the search for Madeleine compared to her son - who disappeared in Greece 24 years ago - and other missing children.

    Just hours after blocking the account, a statement was posted on the 'Find Madeleine' saying the campaign would remove itself from the 'toxic' social media site.



    © AP Photo/Francisco Seco Kate and Gerry McCann, the parents of missing British girl Madeleine McCann, talk to the media outside a Lisbon court in 2014.


    The statement said: "After talking with Kate and Gerry yesterday, we have decided to delete our Twitter account and focus on Facebook.

    "They agree it's time to remove ourselves from a place that allows so much toxic content to be directed at us and does not permit us the ability to protect ourselves from people who want to damage the search for Madeleine.

    "When I started our Facebook and Twitter accounts in 2008, I convinced Kate and Gerry it was a great way to raise awareness. Since that time, I have witnessed overwhelming kindness. There is no doubt that the good far outweigh the bad.

    "I have been dismayed, however, at some of the hatred and sheer viciousness directed at Kate and Gerry through our social media accounts for no logical reason at all. At times, it has had me in tears.

    "It is hard to accept that some people can be so cruel to a family that has already experienced the worst pain imaginable.

    "Further, in the past three weeks on Twitter, we have found ourselves in the uncomfortable position of being expected to "follow" people who align themselves with accounts that abuse us in the most vile ways on a regular basis.

    "I believe individuals and social media accounts who do not block people who abuse others are condoning that abuse and providing a platform for it.

    "As a result, deleting our Twitter account is the only option left to protect ourselves and the search for Madeleine."



    © Steve Parsons/PA Archive/Press Association Images A Portuguese police officer looks at a poster at the Ocean Club in Luz in the Algarve, Portugal, where Madeleine McCann went missing in 2007.


    Madeleine has been missing since 2007 when she vanished from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal.

    Home Office minister Lord Bates recently revealed up to the end of June £10.1million had been spent on the search.

    And the department has planned for extra funds of at least £2million to cover the case over the next 12 months.

    Last year Metropolitan Police officers were sent to Praia da Luz to further investigate her disappearance.

    *******

    Ben Needham


    (pic from the Mirror.co.uk)



    Here is the link to the Disappearance of Ben Needham Wikipedia page for more info about him.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disapp...of_Ben_Needham


    Ben Needham's mum hits back at Madeleine McCann's parents as they shut Twitter account due to 'trolls'

    Ben Needham's mum hits back at Madeleine McCann's parents as they shut Twitter account due to 'trolls' - Mirror Online


    • 22:00, 5 Oct 2015
    • Updated 23:55, 5 Oct 2015
    • By Lucy Thornton , Tracey Kandohla



    Kate and Gerry said it was “a great pity” they had to take the action but felt negative postings were hampering the worldwide hunt for their daughter



    Hurt: Kerry Needham, mother of Bed Needham, has hit back at the McCann's


    Ben Needham's mum has said she is "shocked and hurt" after Madeleine McCann's parents have closed down a Twitter account after “toxic” abuse by supporters of missing Ben's family.

    Kate and Gerry said it was “a great pity” they had to take the action but felt negative postings were hampering the worldwide hunt for their daughter.

    Kerry Needham said: “It feels like a personal attack on me. It is deeply, deeply hurtful.

    “I have myself had massive amounts of slanderous abuse from supporters of the McCann Campaign in the past but I have never taken that personally.

    “It’s freedom of speech. But it is getting the names of two missing children out there which is really important.



    (Collect) Missing: Ben Needham, disappeared in Kos, Greece in 1991


    “I have never criticized the McCann family. I have only every criticized the authorities for the way the two cases have been handled so differently.”

    Trouble erupted with the Twitter accounts when the official ‘@findmadeleine’ Twitter feed blocked the ‘@FindBenNeedham’ account at the weekend.


    (Getty) Closed down: Kate McCann and her husband Gerry McCann have made the decision to shut the Twitter feed


    The Greek account @findbengreek was also blocked.

    A few hours later both accounts were unblocked after an outcry but now the Madeleine feed has been closed down.

    Kerry added: “People were furious at the weekend when they blocked our campaign, so of course they were bound to get more negative comments.

    “Ben’s campaign has never been anti McCann - we can’t help the fact that some members of the public give their opinion about the McCann case just the same as people give their opinion about Ben’s case.”

    The web chief who runs the official Find Madeleine Campaign and Twitter, endorsed by the McCanns, said of their decision: “They agree it’s time to remove ourselves from a place that allows so much toxic content to be directed at us and does not permit us the ability to protect ourselves from people who want to damage the search for Madeleine.”



    (Andy Stenning) Missing: Ben Needham


    Kerry Needham recently questioned the vast amount of British taxpayers’ money spent by police looking for Maddie.

    So far £10.1 million has been used by Operation Grange with a further £2 million pledged while less than £800,000 has been spent on the campaign to find Ben.

    Kerry’s 21-month-old son Ben vanished in July 1991 from the Greek island of Kos.

    Three-year-old Maddie disappeared during a family holiday in Portugal’s Praia da Luz in May 2007.

    Both families believe their children could still be alive.



    (PA) Missing: Madeleine McCann on the family's holiday at Praia Da Luz


    McCann family spokesperson Clarence Mitchell said: “Kate and Gerry have always supported the campaign to find Ben Needham.

    Indeed, they have promoted it on the Find Madeleine Campaign social media platform.

    “However, it is a great pity that due to continued, ill informed and abusive comments by some social media users, the decision was made to close the Find Madeleine Twitter account.



    (PA) Madeleine McCann: The desperate search for her goes on


    “Kate and Gerry continue to wish Kerry Needham the best and hope that one day she will be reunited with Ben, just as they continue to hope that they will similarly be reunited with Madeleine.”

    A source close to Maddie’s parents said closing down a Twitter account because of abuse should not be seen as an attack on Ben’s family’s side.



    (PA) Missing Madeleine McCann


    Former GP Kate and heart doctor Gerry, both 47, of Rothley, Leics, made the decision to shut down Twitter despite not being social media users themselves.

    The Facebook campaign will continue to run.

    The un-named Campaign “webmaster”, a mum who has been running the site with a group of fellow supporters since 2008, posted on Facebook: “I convinced Kate and Gerry it was a great way to raise awareness and I have witnessed overwhelming kindness.

    “I have been dismayed, however, at some of the hatred and sheer viciousness directed at Kate and Gerry through our social media accounts for no logical reason at all. At times, it has had me in tears.

    “It is hard to accept that some people can be so cruel to a family that has already experienced the worst pain imaginable. Some argue the search costs too much, others say it’s hopeless.

    “Further, in the past three weeks on Twitter, we have found ourselves in the uncomfortable position of being expected to “follow” people who align themselves with accounts that abuse us in the most vile ways on a regular basis.

    “Deleting our Twitter account is the only option left to protect ourselves and the search for Madeleine.


    (PA) Missing: Madeleine McCann in an Everton Football shirt


    But Ben’s mum Kerry, 43, from Sheffield, who has met Kate at official missing people events, said: “Blaming their decision to close their account on our followers could damage our campaign.

    “People are allowed to give their opinion. In the UK we are are a team of three people, checking Facebook, Twitter and Ben’s website.

    “How can we vet every single comment on there - it’s impossible.

    “We can’t stop people’s opinion and I will not be drawn into a slagging match with the two campaigns.




    (Andy Stenning) Heartbreak: Kerry Needham and her mum Christine


    “All I can say is that Ben’s campaign has never been anti McCann.”

    Ben’s gran, Christine, 63, agreed, adding: “At the end of the day two children who are missing are the important ones.

    “It’s all about keeping Ben’s name out there and alive.

    “I think the use of the word toxic is upsetting. Our supporters are not toxic - they just care.

    “We all have to take whatever is thrown at us.

    “We can’t as a family be responsible for other people’s views.”

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    The McCann's are free to do whatever they want with their Twitter account, IMO, whether that means blocking another account which seems to be the source of the trolling or closing their account completely. I don't see why the Needham's would feel hurt about the McCann's choosing to shut down their account if it was hurting them more than it was helping.

    Eta: I found this statement pretty interesting:

    Ben’s gran, Christine, 63, agreed, adding: “At the end of the day two children who are missing are the important ones.

    “It’s all about keeping Ben’s name out there and alive.


    Umm, don't you mean Ben and Madeline?

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    Madeleine search dramatically scaled back

    http://www.msn.com/en-au/news/world/madeleine-search-dramatically-scaled-back/ar-BBmxxzL?ocid=

    Sky News
    6 hrs ago


    The number of Metropolitan Police staff investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann is being reduced from 29 to four.

    Despite the move, Scotland Yard insists the investigation has not yet reached its conclusion and "there are still focused lines of investigation to be pursued".

    "The Met investigation has been painstaking and thorough and has for the first time brought together in one place what was disparate information across the world," Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, who has overseen the inquiry since 2012, said.

    "This work has enabled us to better understand events the night Madeleine McCann went missing and ensure every possible measure is being taken to find out what happened to her."

    Madeleine was three years old when she vanished while on a family holiday in Portugal in May 2007.

    Her parents Gerry and Kate McCann were dining with friends nearby their rented holiday apartment in Praia da Luz at the time.



    © Reuters Madeleine McCann



    Portuguese police abandoned their investigation after 15 months without establishing any clues to the mystery, and for three years there was no official search for Madeleine.

    With Home Office backing, Scotland Yard began a review of evidence in 2011 and then launched a full-scale investigation two years ago.

    The probe has cost millions of pounds and spanned several countries, but so far no arrests have been made.

    Police say more than 60 "persons of interest" have been investigated, while 650 sex offenders have "been considered".

    Madeleine's parents say they "fully understand" why the police operation is being scaled back and remain hopeful there will be a breakthrough.

    "Whilst we do not know what happened to Madeleine, we remain hopeful that she may still be found given the ongoing lines of inquiry," they said.

    Their daughter's disappearance triggered one of the most high-profile missing persons investigations in British history.

    In 2014, a team of around 30 officers and police staff travelled to the area to Praia da Luz to search a four acre site not far from where the McCanns had been staying.

    And earlier this year, British detectives contacted their Australian counterparts after a young girl's body was found beside a highway in remote South Australia.

    However local police "totally excluded" the possibility it could be Madeleine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by *Wookie-Chick* View Post
    So far £10.1 million has been used by Operation Grange with a further £2 million pledged while less than £800,000 has been spent on the campaign to find Ben.
    Which given that this happened in a different country, that it is strongly suspected (but not provable) that the parents killed the kid, and given that many, many police forces are going to "blue light services" (i.e. emergency calls only)m this is a waste of money & dispicable.

    We all know that the McCanns went on the offensive to prevent themselves being under suspision, plus they are middle class drs while Ben Needhams parents are working class.
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