Since the publication of the below, Facebook has apparently — finally — told “Fuck Off We’re Full” To Fuck Off.
(So the wankers have set up another page : http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=120173464366.)
Source : Fight dem back!
The Brisbane Times quotes a Facebook rep as saying hate groups will be removed if reported.
We call bullshit.
‘Fuck Off We’re Full‘ (FOWF) has been reported to Facebook as a ToS violator over and over and over. Former FOWF admin Terrie-Anne Verney even got the sack from her job at community radio station 2MIA for the vilifiying tripe she posted in the group. FOWF founder/admin & xenophobic bigot Darrin Hodges and his mates post commentary such as this:
Darrin Hodges – They shoulda aimed higher
Shooting asylum seekers ‘regrettable’ | The Daily Telegraph
THE Federal Government has described as “regrettable” the shooting of two suspected asylum seekers whose boat was intercepted by the Indonesian coast guard.
Kevin Downey Leeanne Styles – They were only wounded… Shooter was obviously not up to scratch with his aim!
Dave Starr – 2 down another 76 to go…
Nicholas Hunter Folkes – Dave, this is not the Ocenaic Viking with the 78 criminals on board but another boat carrying 61 Afghans. More unskilled labour for the dole queues while Aussies are displaced on every level of society.
Dave Starr – ok, same shit, differ[e]nt day…
Jonathan Paul – I would call it ”understandable” they are in Indonesian waters and they are showing no respect to the Indonesian authorities, I doubt they will change if they get here.
Nathan Townsend – use bombs instead of bullets!
Mike Him Self – Nathan with the economy in a shambles bullets work out cheaper (if there [sic] all headshots).
Nathan Townsend – as long as they don’t miss and end up having to hand out jobs, free health, housing and transport to the bastards.
…and yet FOWF remains [sic] online, even as we speak.
Facebook obviously approves of the content on FOWF- or it’d be off their system.
Groups rile against ‘Hatebook’
November 17, 2009
Social networking site Facebook has come under pressure to better regulate its content as racist and offensive groups continue to proliferate on the site.
Facebook has a ban on “content that is hateful [and] threatening” and a spokeswoman for the site told brisbanetimes.com.au that there was no place for racism “or any form of hate speech” on Facebook.
“We will remove anything of this nature that is reported to us,” she said.
“Facebook is highly self-regulating, and users can and do report content that they find questionable or offensive.”
But despite Facebook’s self-regulation, many offensive groups remain on the network.
Some vilify Indigenous Australians and Muslims, others suggest glassing people is acceptable, and some deny the Holocaust.
One anti-Islamic group alone has over 6000 members and many groups remain on Facebook long enough for opposition groups to be created in response.
Race Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes told brisbanetimes.com.au that cyber-racism was an issue that needed to be addressed.
“I don’t think we’re a racist country, but Australia does have pockets of racism, and all of us need to challenge these pockets,” he said.
Representatives from Islamic and Jewish peak representative organisations have also called for tighter regulation of online content.
Islamic High Council of Australia spokesman Mohammed Mehio said Facebook needed to meet its responsibilities of ensuring vilification did not take place on their network.
“If every time someone turns on Facebook they’re insulted, they’ll go somewhere else,” he said.
“It would be sad if Facebook knew about such content and kept it there.”
Executive Council of Australian Jewry executive director Peter Wertheim said offensive and racist content should not be available to view on the internet.
“Where the technical means exist, Australian ISPs should take measures to block such content,” he said.
Mr Wertheim said internet service providers had a “moral obligation” to block racially vilifying content.
“ISPs need to respect Federal Court decisions,” he said.
But Electronic Frontiers Australia spokesman Geordie Guy said groups should have the right to express their views, no matter how abhorrent or controversial they might be.
“The ability to say what you want is a critical and important part of democracy and freedom,” he said.
Mr Guy said that the open discussion of illegal activities, like abortion and euthanasia was “critical for a healthy democracy”.
“The way that we change things is by talking about them. If we’re not allowed to talk about illegal things, how are we going to change anything?” he said.
“Free speech is a complicated area.”
Offensive pages and groups that achieve a high profile are usually quickly removed from Facebook.
A page supporting two footballers accused of rape, and the pro-rape “Define Statutory” group were recently removed after Fairfax Media reported their existence.
Previous decisions by the Federal Court of Australia have required Australian sources to remove Holocaust-denying material from the internet.
In February 2007 the Federal Court ordered the Bible Believers Church to remove content from issue 242 of its newsletter which suggested that the Holocaust did not occur.
In another case in 2002, the Federal Court ordered the Adelaide Institute to remove similar material from its website.
In both cases the publication of the offending material denying was considered a violation of the Racial Discrimination Act of 1975.