Yet Another Facebook Story: Republican Army Crashes The Wrong Party

Facebook is no good.
Need proof? Just read this lurid copy from across the pond.

Gatecrashers turned a schoolgirl’s 16th birthday party into a riot – after she advertised it on the Facebook website.
Georgina Hobday’s £1million town house was ransacked by yobs.
Among the trouble-makers were a 20-strong gang called the Facebook Republican Army, who scour websites looking for teenage parties.
Yesterday Georgina’s mother, Sylvia, said: “It was an absolute horror show. I will never have a party for my daughter again.
Sylvia, who works for an advertising agency, and her husband Michael, a professor at Sussex University, had given permission for Georgina to invite 100 guests and left four adult friends in charge while they went out.

Ad Age and Brand Republic also have details on this breaking story.
I wonder if Zuck & Co. wouldn’t benefit by sending the aggrieved a crisp check for the damages, said to reach $7400 in this instance. Legally, it’s a horrible idea, but it would send a message that callous thugs who party will not be tolerated inside the Facebook tornado.



About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.