A stupid idea

March 1st, 2010 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

Australian Prime Minister says he will look into the idea of appointing an online ombudsman after tribute pages were defaced with pornography and offensive comments.

Pages set up to honour slain Queensland children Trinity Bates and Elliott Fletcher have been defaced in the past fortnight.

Independent senator Nick Xenophon has proposed the appointment of an online ombudsman to deal with such incidents.

“Specifically on Nick’s idea, let’s look at it,” Rudd told the Seven Network.

“The role of cyber crime and bullying on children is frankly frightening and we need to be deploying all practical measures.”

God knows what they think an online ombudsman will do, but I’d rather not find out.

The Facebook pages will have an owner who set them up. That owner has the ability to remove any offensive comments made on the tribute pages. No need for the state to intervene.

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12 Responses to “A stupid idea”

  1. Bok2 (90 comments) says:

    You seemed surprised?

    having Rudd here as PM is like having a live Monty Python sketch running 24/7.
    The guy has to be the funniest thing since the stooges. But Funny does not make for smart.

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  2. Bevan (3,924 comments) says:

    Ah KRudd – best example of a one term leader if there ever was one.

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  3. MikeE (555 comments) says:

    First they take the australian’s pr0n.. and now facebook.

    Rudd must have it in for teh intarwebs!

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  4. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    First the Ombudsman –

    And then a secretary and then a typist and then an assistant and then a researcher and then an investigator and then a transport captain and then a major domo and then a property manager and then a telephonist and then a human resources manager…………………………..Thats how Labour governments work and the less important the department the bigger the budget will be, bloody brilliant.

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  5. RRM (9,919 comments) says:

    (S)he’d be a pretty damn busy ombudsman – trying to wipe out inappropriate behaviour on the internet…

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  6. RRM (9,919 comments) says:

    but seriously: http://i1010.photobucket.com/albums/af230/RRM22/hello-good-sir-on-behalf-of-the-int.jpg

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  7. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    The thin end of the wedge. Don’t be fooled. The power obsessed left have a burning ambition to control and dominate the internet to the same extent they control education and the mainstream media.

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  8. RRM (9,919 comments) says:

    ^^^ If someone murders your kids, I’ll come and laugh on your facebook or website or whatever you have.

    It’s not about leftie world domination you paranoid rhetorical freak.

    But it is a vain and hopeless endeavour…

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  9. headstuckinlawbooks (20 comments) says:

    I live in Melbourne and whilst I’m not sure this is the right approach, there have been serious issues in Australia in regards to Facebook & social media this year. Kids have been setting up facebook pages attacking teachers in the most derogatory language, cyber bullying is a huge problem here.

    Some examples:
    “Students from two Brisbane schools have been suspended over separate highly offensive Facebook pages in the past week, with police investigating at least one of the students.

    Twenty Springwood State High School students have been disciplined over a Facebook page that bullied staff at the school.

    And a Marist College Ashgrove student was suspended last week for setting up a Facebook group offering to return missing Sunshine Coast boy Daniel Morcombe if the group attracted a million members.”

    That last one is particularly sick, the Morcombe was kidnapped in 2003, how must the poor mother feel?

    More:
    “It began with the posting of sickening pornographic images on a site set up to pay tribute to slain schoolboy Elliott Fletcher.

    A week later, eight-year-old Trinity Bates was dead, and within 24 hours police were searching for more online vandals.

    While one group of troublemakers was busy defacing her tribute page, another gang of online vigilantes was foregoing the justice system and calling for the death penalty for her accused murderer.

    And if that wasn’t enough, the week ended with news a schoolboy had been suspended after setting up a sarcastic site over missing schoolboy Daniel Morcombe, while 20 high school students were suspended for bullying teachers online. ”

    I’m no sure if these sorts of serious issues have hit NZ yet but I’m not surprised that the government is putting their foot in.

    Here’s a response from a Facebook employee: Ms Frost said it was almost impossible to deal with this level of individual intent on such cruel and offensive behaviour.

    “This is an absolutely tragic case… I have worked here two years and have never seen anything like this,” Ms Frost said.

    There was also a stabbing which “followed a dispute on the social networking site Facebook, The Courier-Mail reported.

    It said two women had engaged in a dispute and agreed to meet up in person to “sort it out”.”

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  10. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Dame Edna said do you really want a prime minister called Kevin.

    Well do ya?

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  11. Bevan (3,924 comments) says:

    It said two women had engaged in a dispute and agreed to meet up in person to “sort it out”.”

    “But but but, she made fun of me on the Internet your honour!”

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  12. Put it away (2,878 comments) says:

    Groan. File under “is anyone at all surprised”. If someone’s being a fuckwit, remove their comment and ask facebook to cancel their account. If it can be traced to a real person, hand the details over to the cops, anyone laughing about an eight year old getting murdered ought to be on police records as a “person of interest”…

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