April Jones Facebook page 'bombarded with porn'

Pornographic content was posted on the page set up to help find the murdered schoolgirl

A Facebook page set up to help find murdered schoolgirl April Jones has been hacked by online trolls and bombarded with pornographic images.

The “Find April Jones” page, which had been liked by more than 207,000 people, was assailed with “barbaric and undignified” posts, the Daily Post reported.

Content suddenly appeared overnight on Wednesday on the page, which featured photographs of the five-year-old, who was abducted and killed by Mark Bridger in October 2012.

Shocked Facebook users removed themselves from the page, which had been continued in commemoration of April.

Individuals reported the trolls to Facebook, but offensive content continued to be posted until the page was taken down on Friday.

Outraged users branded the hackers as “messed up” and “sick”.

One said: “Your new content is very inadequate and immature and really has no connection to the poor little April Jones. You should be ashamed of yourself for even portraying such barbaric and undignified posts on a page that represents just how bad people can be. You should be disgusted.”

Local town and county councillor Michael Williams told the Daily Post: “Personally, I am not interested in Facebook. But I do know that when it is used for the right reasons – such as setting up a search party when April first went missing – it can be superb.

“But when it’s used for the wrong reasons the impact can be devastating.”

He added: “I hope to goodness that this page is removed and appropriate action is taken.

“I hate to think about how April’s family would feel if they saw these posts, it would be very distressing for them indeed.”

Machynlleth town councillor and former mayor, Gareth Jones, said anything that disrespects the memory of April and causes hurt to her family and friends is to be “condemned”.

He added: “I would urge anyone who is associated with this page to distance themselves from it. I hope that those responsible are caught and brought to justice.”

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