FACEBOOK, YOU’VE GOT IT WRONG!
UPDATE: AAP. August 08, 2012 2:24PM
“The ACMA is currently investigating specific URLs that contain the online content … after receiving a complaint yesterday,” an ACMA spokeswoman said in a statement.
“The ACMA is not is a position to provide further comment at this time given that an investigation is under way.”
Chris Graham of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council’s Tracker magazine said that while Facebook may have a policy on what is and isn’t hate speech, “the fact is that Facebook page is illegal”. “It is a clear breach of the Racial Discrimination Act. Is Facebook genuinely suggesting it is above the law?”
Approached for comment this morning, a Facebook spokesman in Australia said: “At this point in time, we’ve not got anything we can give you on this.”
Race Discrimination Commissioner Szoke said while she had yet to receive a formal complaint – required before an investigation takes place – she believes “this could constitute discrimination under the Race Discrimination Act”.
YOU CAN DO SOMETHING. SIGN THIS PETITION
Double standards, much?
It’s the Facebook FAIL that has everyone talking.
The site refused to run pictures of breastfeeding mothers, yet is defying calls to shut down a “fan page” that contains racist hate speech about Indigenous Australians.
As reported by News.com.au:
“Facebook is continuing to defy petitions to remove an Australian “fan page” dedicated to stereotyping Aborigines as hopeless drunks.
The page, which has more than 4000 “likes”, posts pictures of indigenous people with captions that some Facebook users say are offensive and, in some cases, hate speech, The Australian reports.
“How do you kill 1000 flies at once? Slap me in the face,” reads one of the photo captions.
The page, created on June 4, has attracted hundreds of vitriolic comments on at least a dozen offensive posts.
Other Facebook users have created online petitions calling for the page to be removed. One campaign titled “Take down racist Facebook page” has 10 signatures, while another has 31 members.
A Facebook spokeswoman told The Australian the site had no current plans to take action.
Aboriginal elder Ian Hunter, from the Wurundjeri tribe, said he wasn’t opposed to Aboriginal humour but was offended by the anonymous posts on the page.
“If it is another Aboriginal person I don’t have any problems but if it is a so-called redneck putting these things up on the internet I’m offended by it,” Mr Hunter said.
“It should be taken down, especially in the case that it’s anonymous and that’s where a lot of this sort of innuendo and racism comes from, people not stating facts about who they are and why they’re doing this.
“I don’t feel they have the right to put it on there…they have a hidden agenda.”
Mr Hunter said despite being offended he was not surprised by the page.
“It doesn’t matter how much legislation people put in against racial slurs and so forth you cannot legislate against people’s ignorance and you cannot legislate against people’s in-ground animosities towards other people.”