In Wake of Sandy Hook Shooting, NRA's Twitter and Facebook Go Dark

Tuesday, 18 Dec 2012 10:13 AM

By Dale Eisinger

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Following last week's shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 children and seven adults dead, the social media outlets of the National Rifle Association have gone silent.

As a flood of gun-control debate broke following the at Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, the NRA made its main Facebook page inaccessible, in addition to staying quiet from its Twitter pages.

Friday morning was the last time the NRA issued some form of digital communication. "10 Days of NRA Giveaways — Enter today for a chance to win an auto emergency tool!” the tweet said.

On Thursday, the day before the shooting, the organization posted to its twitter account: "Did you hear? Our #facebook page reached 1.7 million 'likes' today! Thanks for being a friend!"

That’s a huge number by any measure. But that Facebook page wasn’t accessible to those millions — or anyone else, for that matter — as of Monday. The organization apparently made the page inaccessible to outside users.

The main NRA website has a news page of its own, but it has yet to post any news of the shooting at Sandy Hook. There was a video news update posted to the site on Friday, but there is no mention of the incident throughout the video. Some of the headlines on the page include, "Ohio: Senate approves bill to ease Right-to-Carry rules in Statehouse parking lot" and "Ohio: Pro-Gun Reform Legislation Clears Judiciary Committee and Goes to Senate Floor."

As BuzzFeed points out, the NRA usually handles shootings in this way. After this summer’s theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., the NRA did not make a tweet for 10 days. After a Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin and a mall shooting in Oregon, both with multiple victims, the account went silent for only one day each — it seems depending on the death toll, the routine's timeframe can be modified.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Cambodia HIV Outbreak: 100-Plus People Diagnosed; Investigation Sought

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:50 PM

More than 100 HIV infections in a single Cambodian village have spurred the country's prime minister to ask for an inves . . .

Slender Man Case: Two Girls Competent to Stand Trial in Stabbing

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:26 PM

Two girls who allegedly stabbed a 12-year-old friend over the online game Slender Man are competent to stand trial for a . . .

Kate Upton Sexiest Woman Alive; Model Apologizes to Teen Brother

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 17:52 PM

Model Kate Upton was selected as People magazine's first Sexiest Woman Alive, a month after Chris Hemsworth received the . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved