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The Secret Service is looking into a Facebook poll that asked respondents whether or not they thought President Obama should be killed.
Facebook removed the poll, which asked “Should Obama be killed?” Still, at least 730 people were able to take part in the poll before it was finally removed. The poll offered four answers: “Yes”, “No”, “Maybe,” and “If he cuts my health care.”
A blog called the Political Carnival first noticed the poll and alerted the Secret Service over the weekend.
Like any other threat against the president, Secret Service agents are playing it safe and taking no chances.
“We are aware of it and we will take the appropriate investigative steps,” said Darrin Blackford, a Secret Service spokesman. “We take of these things seriously.”
The poll was created by an independent person using an add-on application that has been suspended from the site.
“The third-party application that enabled an individual user to create the offensive poll was brought to our attention this morning,” said Barry Schnitt, Facebook’s spokesman for policy.
Because the app was disabled, the results of the poll are not available.
“We’re working with the U.S. Secret Service, but they’ll need to provide any details of their investigation,” Schnitt said.
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