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Facebook Hit List Leaves 3 Teens Dead In Colombia

Puerto Asis in March, 2006.   FERNANDO VERGARA/AP hide caption

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Violence in Colombia has apparently taken a new, disturbing social media turn: hit lists have appeared on Facebook and some of the teens named have been killed.

The killings took place in Puerto Asis in southwestern Colombia.

CNN reports:

Three teens who were on a 69-name hit list posted on Facebook have been killed in the past 10 days in a southwestern Colombian town, officials say.

Police say they do not know who posted the list or why the names are on it...

The hit list on Facebook, which was posted August 17, gave the people named three days to leave the town of Puerto Asis or be executed, said Volmar Perez Ortiz, a federal official whose title is defender of the public.

The story goes on to report that the lists have understandably gone on to cause a panic and have some parents whose children's names have appeared on the lists to send them out of the area as they try to protect them.

Many parents around the world have anxieties about Facebook and their children's use of it but those are nothing compared with the fears now overshadowing the lives of people in Puerto Asis.

It's important to keep in mind that the violence in Puerto Asis wasn't created by Facebook. Located in the state of Putumayo, the city has long been racked by the nation's narcotics and political violence tied to paramilitaries and an insurgency.