Facebook Death List: 3 Colombian Teens Killed

"In much of the 1990s, what the paramilitary groups [did is] they would not compete with the FARC on the battlefield so much. … They would try to massacre and intimidate communities so that the communities would support them and not the FARC," she said.

This recent Facebook death could be following in the same tradition of intimidation, Felbab-Brown said.

The Colombian government is much more motivated to go after these new gangs than they were the paramilitary groups, she said, but they still generate the same level of insecurity in the country.

ABC News' Ray Sanchez contributed to this report.

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