Facebook has removed pages belonging to 30 prisoners after they were used to taunt their victims, it emerged today.
Criminal including one of the young thugs who murdered Ben Kinsella had used the social networking site to brag.
From his cell at a Buckinghamshire youth prison cell, Jade Braithwaite, 20, who is serving a life sentence, boasted that he is 'down but not out'.
The killer also wrote how he would like a remote control so he can 'mute or delete people when I need to'.
For his profile picture he mocked up a T-shirt emblazoned with his face and the slogan ‘Free Jade Braithwaite’.
Other criminals have also used the website to communicate with conspirators and ridicule their victims.
Justice Secretary Jack Straw approached Facebook three weeks ago to ask that 30 profiles in total are removed.
He said the Government was also looking at other measures to tackle the problem. 'It's unlawful, it's against prison rules which is the law,' he said.
Officials are also looking at a possible change to parole rules and for prisoners on temporary licence to ensure they too can also not use websites in this way.
Mr Straw said officials are considering a change in parole rules and the rules for prisoners released on temporary licence, 'to make it explicit that even if they're outside prison, but if they are on licence, they can't make use of sites in this way'.
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