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Aug 8, 2012

Facebook page vilifying Aborigines ‘breaks Australian law’

A senior solicitor involved in the successful Andrew Bolt racial discrimination case says US social networking giant Facebook has broken Australian law by hosting a controversial page dedicated to vilifying Aborigines.

A senior solicitor involved in the successful Andrew Bolt racial discrimination case says US social networking giant Facebook has broken Australian law by hosting a controversial page dedicated to vilifying Aboriginal people.

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43 thoughts on “Facebook page vilifying Aborigines ‘breaks Australian law’

  1. Steven McKiernan

    I used the Facebook forms to ask that Facebook remove the Aboriginal Memes vilification page. Response follows:
    “Hi,

    Thanks for your recent report of a potential violation on Facebook. After reviewing your report, we were not able to confirm that the specific page you reported violates Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.

    Learn more about what we do and don’t allow by reviewing the Facebook Community Standards: https://www.facebook.com/communitystandards.

    Thanks,
    Viki”
    Less than happy with this response.

  2. Oscar Jones

    I don’t think Tony Abbott understands the hate he would unleash by winding back some laws just to satisfy the Bolts of the world.

    I would not wish upon my worst enemy the stress of being targeted by a nutter who thinks they can write anything about anyone on a website. For a whole race of people it woulds them all.

    And the worship of some of these entities like Facebook, Google,Blogger etc by many tech writers is beyond bizarre.

    They are huge profit making corporations that are leeching of the net, employ a miniscule staff as Twitter does and as Malcolm Turnbull has pointed out, have decidedly dodgy tax arrangements that sees Google pay a tiny tax on $50M profits in Australia alone.

    Yet so many journalists wring their hands as countries impose their law upon these net giants and proclaim the law must change to suit a private company. Even sensible legal writers like Fairfax’s Richard Akland has said as much.

  3. legal-affairs

    It has been a number of years since HREOC was called HREOC. “Australian Human Rights Commission” is the current name for that body.

  4. Geordie

    Ok, so a US based company is conceivably breaking Australian law, law which is poorly or not reciprocated elsewhere around the world.

    I guess they’re happy they’re not subject to Australian law.

  5. Marion Scrymgour

    I logged in and had a look at this page and was absolutely horrified that people are allowed to do this sort of sick and offensive pages in the name of “freedom of speech” and “humor”. I was even deeply sadden when I saw an image of a very respected Aboriginal lady being used as part of their sick little campaign. As Australians we should all be appalled at this sort of material that does nothing to continue the healing between black and white Australians. I am Aboriginal and I know a number of my very good non-Aboriginal friends are just as appalled and offended by this. As a matter of interest I did do a report to the Facebook site where you can lodge a complaint about the site, after careful reading to see if the site had breached the so-called “standards” that FB apply was then emailed by a person from FB that said and I quote “in their view the Aboriginal Memes site was not offensive and did not contravene their standards”. I obviously astounded at this response, wrote back to them and asked them to re-review their decision as I felt that it had contravened the standards that should apply to social media sites.

  6. Gavin Moodie

    Thanx for this report, which will presumably cause interweb libertarians to reflect further.

  7. delaney

    If this page, its platform creators, its content creators and its contributors are not brought to some form of legal consequence then shame on the human race!!!

  8. Sharkie

    Hello Tony Abbott, Blot, where do you stand on the freedom wars now? Are you going to get out and beat that freedom of speech drum for the people who set up this Face book page?

    In the bright light of day, defending this type of stuff isn’t that electorally appealing.

    How far do Tony and Blot want to travel down the free speech path. What about defending the guy who shot six sikhs in the USA? Is that the type of free speech you want here in Australia?

    Where exactly is their line you cannot cross?

  9. shepherdmarilyn

    http://www.smh.com.au/national/jewish-call-to-curb-compassion-20120808-23ss4.html

    And imagine the outrage by Bolt and Abbott is a muslim had said and written this particular filth.

    As it is a jew, we get silence.

    Utter, silence.

    Not a word of condemnation except by a few other jews.

  10. Riley Calaby

    ‘Hi,

    Thanks for your recent report of a potential violation on Facebook. After reviewing your report, we were not able to confirm that the specific page you reported violates Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.

    Learn more about what we do and don’t allow by reviewing the Facebook Community Standards: https://www.facebook.com/communitystandards.

    Thanks,
    Facebook team’

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