Jared Lee Loughner, who allegedly shot at a crowd of people in a Tucson shopping center in Arizona yesterday, had his MySpace profile removed. Loughner was arrested after Saturday’s mass shooting at the Arizona shopping center where Representative Gabrielle Giffords was meeting her constituents. Giffords sustained a serious head injury and is now being treated at a local hospital in the intensive care unit.
Six of the eighteen people shot Saturday morning were killed. June M. Roll, chief judge for the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, and a nine year old girl are among the dead.
A MySpace executive explained in a Tweet yesterday why Laughner’s page was taken down. “Company policy. We put it in a state of ‘purgatory’ so it can be reviewed by law enforcement”. Sean Percival, vice president of online marketing at MySpace, said the company has a policy of removing and preserving these kinds of pages for law enforcement officials.
Percival said he has previously argued that pages related to crimes should remain up, but there is a concern about defacement, hacking and preservation of evidence.