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Facebook pressured to remove page deemed racist

2012-08-09 13:23

Canberra - Facebook is under pressure in Australia to take down a page that insults Aborigines. The government is accusing the social networking company of using its U.S. base to avoid Australian anti-discrimination laws.

The Aboriginal Memes Facebook page has created a furore in Australia this week with its depictions of indigenous Australians as drunks and welfare cheats.

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy told Australian Broadcasting Corp. late Wednesday his office had called on Facebook's Sydney office to take the page down.

Conroy says the creator of the page, whom he believed is a 16-year-old Australian living in the west coast city of Perth, was getting around Australian anti-discrimination laws through U.S. guarantees of free speech.

Facebook did not comment on Thursday.

Comments
  • Andre - 2012-08-09 13:36

    This one sided racism is getting too much. It is OK for Aborigines to insult Whites?

      luvo.luvos - 2012-08-09 16:07

      No dumbo this topic is much sophisticated for your demented brain. You jump in defence of something you don't know much about. Typical !!! We all know that Australia is the land most racists would like to go and retire in. it kind of reminds them of SA in the prime 80's. Am not surprised that they had to open a facebook page to spurt out their putrid vitriol against the Abos.

  • minedp - 2012-08-09 14:18

    No it isn't. But it also isn't ok to be racist toward anybody. For the author:: they are Aboriginal People, not aborigines.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-08-09 14:36

      They call themselves aborigines. Imagine an aborigine saying' "I am an aboriginal person." Source: I have been mobbed by aborigines near Metro City in Perth Besides, true blue Aussie dudes are generally racist, and it's no surprise that some young guy out there created this group.

      hanre.vanderwesthuizen - 2012-08-09 14:44

      Agreed Tony, if there were a million Australian blokes in South Africa Juluis Malema would have a emotional breakdown.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-08-10 16:54

      Haha Hanre, he would laugh, because he knows that even the most racist Australian, won't be as quick to take a life as the young lions.

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-08-09 14:30

    Tasteless jokes on Aborigine’s = OUTRAGE! New Black Panther Party, referring to folks as "the enemy" and advocating violence and murder = Nothing to see here. What a funny world we live in.

      charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-08-09 14:35

      Hi Michael, there is nothing wrong with our world, it is the human beings that live here, most of them are wrong. Have a blessed day..

  • gotterdammerung.sa - 2012-08-09 16:02

    Can somebody please explain to me what racism is? To me the term racism is just another ad hominem audi alterem partem - an accusation aimed at stopping any type of counter argument. It is a weapon designed by liberals for use by any race except whites. Does anybody know that concept of the term racist and racism is a product of Leon Trotsky - one of the architects of Communism and father of the Red Army and the GRU? It is an accusation that is impossible to prove and needs some form of admission of guilt to be proven - as the recent court proceedings of John Terry had illustrated

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