Australia Will Censor Abusive PortalsAdded: Thursday, October 25th, 2012
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The Australian police confirmed it would prosecute Facebook hate page owners. A top copper from Victoria’s Police e-crime squad is reported to be looking at way he could catch and prosecute people who created a Facebook page which denigrated Jill Meagher. The latter was abducted, raped and killed this September.
In most cases, the police can do nothing about online crime, but Greg Dever, Detective Senior Sergeant, is studying the laws and believes he might have grounds to arrest the creators of the online pages on incitement grounds. In the meantime, there has been a backlash against hate pages in Australia after Jill Meagher case. There were also calls for the creators to be extradited to somewhere unpleasant, like the United Kingdom.
Susan McLean, the country’s cyber-safety campaigner and former Victoria Police officer recently claimed that the police weren’t taking sufficient actions to pursue individuals behind such pages. For example, Dever claimed during the interview that Facebook was reasonably liable for requests in case it was inciting violence or encouraging unauthorized acts.
Greg Dever pointed out that over the past few months the police had had a number of pages closed down. They included the ones that flogged guns and drugs, as well as the page containing dead-baby jokes, and even a page featuring hateful and hurtful comments inciting murder directed at coppers.
Nevertheless, thus far there have been almost no prosecutions launched from social media crimes. According to Detective Dever, today the situation had reached a tipping point, so it is inevitable that there will be more prosecutions.
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Thursday, October 25th, 2012
|posted by (2012-10-26 00:28:00)|
|ahhh come off it mate. if i wasn't past my internet trolling prime i'd have done it myself. just another over reaching prosecutor looking to make a name for himself by throwing his weight around.|
|posted by (2012-10-26 01:18:26)|
|I applaud Victoria’s Police e-crime squad & Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Dever. They are helping all of society by taking down such pages. Anything that promotes, encourages or incites criminal behavior in this manner is a blight of the whole of society and should be dealt with appropriately.|
@FellAway, I hope you were joking......
|Good! About time. These scumbags that make these hate pages should be treated like the animals they are. Locked up in a cage.|
|posted by (2012-10-26 03:11:25)|
|I am as serious as a heart attack. hurt feelings are no reason to restrict personal freedoms. you are what's wrong with society.|
what next? censoring video games because they simulating death and destruction?
|posted by (2012-10-26 03:18:58)|
|Well watch what our feelings are because people do make mistakes and like the pitbull atitude reflects leadership.|
|idiots its all about control of speech you can mock jesus or mohammed or shiva but dont you dear mock a deady baby dont be slaves to zionist scum|
|posted by (2012-10-26 09:03:23)|
|Thanx for the article Sam.|
@JAX, fadevenom I agree 100%.
@fellaway FB is a private company, so they can take down any page they want and it has nothing to do with your personal freedoms. Thinking that curbing your blood lust is censorship, is just sick, proofing that YOU are what is wrong with society. Please do us all a favour and have that heart attach.
|woooow---its so nice--|
|posted by (2012-10-26 10:46:52)|
|More proof that freedom of speech is just an illusion.|
|but you CAN kill your wife if you're a football player, yes, that's totally fine.|
|2 years for murder|
30 years for copyright infringement
|posted by (2012-10-26 22:17:02)|
|"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."|
|So, let's hear some of them dead baby jokes, they sound hilarious!|
|posted by (2012-10-27 07:41:38)|
|When's Sam going to do an article about all the corruption and human rights abuses in India?|
|posted by (2012-10-27 09:52:47)|
|@ internetdemon i'm a football player do i need to be a pro or does it count for hobbyplayer aswell|
|@internetDemon NOOOO you can kill your wife if your black and famous, Get your facts strait|
|posted by (2012-10-27 18:59:03)|
lol.. how'd you manage to make this about Jews? Oh, and you can say anything you want about Mohammad? Are you joking? You can make all sorts of obscene comments and pictures about any other deity, but God forbid you say or even DEPICT Mohammad, you get a billion Muslims around the world rioting, thinking that their outrage justifies killing a bunch of innocent people. Pfft.
I agree with Fellaway. Yeah, this stuff they're talking about it horrible and nasty and the people behind it are the worst kinds of people. I don't see anyone here saying that ain't the case.. The problem is that when you start prosecuting and censoring objectionable speech, you open the door up to have the definition of "objectionable" stretched and folded into whatever definition necessary to ultimately attack any speech that someone just doesn't like, especially those in power. It's the old slippery slope. Freedom of speech is precious.
|yet nobody censors the wallpaper uploaders....pitty|
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