Facebook Use in U.K. Prison: A Smoking Gunn

ColinGunn.jpgSomehow, this doesn’t seem like the sort of social networking Mark Zuckerberg had in mind when he created Facebook. But it does seem like maximum-security prisons in Great Britain aren’t so secure when it comes to their firewalls.

Colin Gunn, who ran a criminal empire in Nottingham and is currently serving a 35-year sentence for conspiracy to murder, used Facebook to communicate with 565 friends and to threaten countless enemies, The Sunday Times reported.

Gunn’s Facebook page was shut down Friday, but The Sunday Times reported that the inmate claimed prison governors allowed him to set up the page on the social-networking site, as it was his legal right. Justice Secretary Jack Straw disputed that, telling the newspaper social-networking sites are prohibited in jail and Gunn did not receive permission to establish an account.

Among Gunn’s status updates:

I will be home one day and I can’t wait to look into certain people’s eyes and see the fear of me being there.

It’s good to have an outlet to let you know how I am, some of you will be in for a good slagging, some have let me down badly, and will be named and shamed, f****** rats.