A SICK Facebook group claiming to be created by Maddie McCann's
kidnapper has been removed after thousands complained.
The group, named "If 2,000,000 people join this group, I will
give back Maddie McCann," was slammed by outraged users who campaigned
to get it banned.
The tasteless page on the social networking site included
hundreds of twisted jokes about Maddie's disappearance and attracted
It contained dozens of spoofed pictures of Madeleine depicting
her kidnap and was "liked" by thousands of members.
The vile group was littered with messages from its anonymous
creator, purporting to be from her kidnapper abroad.
One claimed: "I'm celebrating Christmas in Portugal this year!
It'll just be me and Maddie though."
Another said: "She's doing fine. I just purchased a PS3, so she
has some company in the wine cellar."
The group was created on December 10 and was finally shut down on
Monday by Facebook administrators after thousands of people called for
it to be deleted.
More than 6000 people joined seven separate groups set up in
protest against the original group. Others branded the creator sick.
One user said: "You are sick in the head if you think this is
funny, you perverts. This group is disgusting and the person who started
it should go to jail."
Another wrote: "The parents could have been looking at it
thinking that all day, every day their missing daughter is in the hands
of a sick, perverted, a******e. "It just makes you feel physically
Some members even believed the twisted joker was for real.
One girl wrote: "Give her back. She has got a family, you know.
You're well harsh. Get your head sorted out."
Another said: "I think you sick people should give her back to
people that love her."
Madeleine was nearly four when she was kidnapped from a flat in
Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3, 2007, while on holiday with parents
Kate and Gerry.
A spokesman for Find Madeleine, the campaign set up by Kate and
Gerry, refused to comment.
Facebook's terms and conditions page states: "You will not post
content that is hateful, threatening, pornographic, or that contains
nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence."