Facebook apologizes to mafia family for removing posts

Facebook has apologized to the family of the Italian Mafia's 'boss of bosses' for having removed messages of condolences that flowed in after his death last week.

Salvatore 'Toto' Riina, one of the most feared godfathers in the history of the Sicilian Mafia, was buried Wednesday in his hometown of Corleone.

Mr Riina, had been serving 26 life sentences when he succumbed to cancer aged 87 last week, and is thought to have ordered more than 150 murders. 

The Facebook profiles of Riina's daughter and her husband, Ciavarello, were inundated with condolences - such as 'Buon viaggio zio Totò' or 'Have a good journey Uncle Toto' - as well as denunciations for his crimes. 

Salvatore 'Toto' Riina, (pictured here behind bars during a trial in Rome on April 29, 1993 - one of the most feared godfathers in the history of the Sicilian Mafia), was buried Wednesday in his hometown of Corleone

Salvatore 'Toto' Riina, (pictured here behind bars during a trial in on April 29, 1993 - one of the most feared godfathers in the history of the Sicilian Mafia), was buried Wednesday in his hometown of Corleone

A Facebook spokesperson said these posts of condolences on the feed of Mr Riina's son-in-law were removed in error. 

Additionally, Riina's daughter, Maria Concetta Riina, posted a photo of a woman kissing her finger with the words 'shh...' written on it. 

She then blasted Facebook writing: 'The background picture of my fb profile does not want to be a mobster message where the silence, but the request to respect this personal moment of pain!'

Riina's daughter, Maria Concetta Riina (left), posted a photo of a woman kissing her finger with the words 'shh...' written on it. She blasted Facebook writing: 'The background picture of my fb profile does not want to be a mobster message where the silence, but the request to respect this personal moment of pain!'

Riina's daughter, Maria Concetta Riina (left), posted a photo of a woman kissing her finger with the words 'shh...' written on it. She blasted Facebook writing: 'The background picture of my fb profile does not want to be a mobster message where the silence, but the request to respect this personal moment of pain!'

Riina's daughter, Maria Concetta Riina (left), posted a photo of a woman kissing her finger with the words 'shh...' written on it. She blasted Facebook writing: 'The background picture of my fb profile does not want to be a mobster message where the silence, but the request to respect this personal moment of pain!'

Her husband Antonino Tony Ciavarello posted an article on Facebook in Italian that roughly translates as 'Facebook apologizes to the family of the boss for removing messages of condolence from social media platform.'

More condolence posts were written on the back of him posting the article including one friend writing: 'Goodbye Uncle Toto, you're going to the angels.'  

Mr Riina's remains arrived in Sicily earlier this week following his death on November 17 in Parma.

Many people wrote messages of condolence on Antonino Tony Ciavarello, Maria Concetta Riina husband, Facebook profile (pictured above)

Many people wrote messages of condolence on Antonino Tony Ciavarello, Maria Concetta Riina husband, Facebook profile (pictured above)

Also pictured here are sympathy messages for Salvatore 'Toto' Riina on Facebook

Also pictured here are sympathy messages for Salvatore 'Toto' Riina on Facebook

The family buried him in a private ceremony in Corleone, the real-life mafia hotbed made famous by the 'Godfather' films and book.

The private funeral - and the social media controversy - underscored the complicated mourning process for families of mafiosi.

'Toto Riina is to be considered a manifest sinner who didn't show the necessary public and true repentance for his crimes,' Archbishop Michele Pennisi of Monreale, which includes Corleone, told the local La Sicilia di Catania. 

While a public funeral is forbidden, a priest can lead the family in private prayer as an act of 'Christian piety,' he said. 

A mock public funeral poster with a list bearing the names of Mafia victims, including slain anti-Mafia magistrates Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, announces the death of Toto Riina in Ercolano, near Naples, southern Italy, on November 17

A mock public funeral poster with a list bearing the names of Mafia victims, including slain anti-Mafia magistrates Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, announces the

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