A leading cyber-safety campaigner has called on police to prosecute the creators of hate pages on social media following Facebook’s decision to close down a page mocking Jill Meagher, the 29-year-old Brunswick woman abducted and killed last month.
Susan McLean, who spent 27 years with Victoria Police before launching her cyber safety consultancy three years ago, said police have the ability to prosecute the creators of pages that are in breach of Australian laws but appear to be unwilling to use it.
Speaking of the Facebook page that made claim to the protective cloak of “controversial humour” while hosting deeply offensive material that supported rape and murder, Ms McLean suggested campaigners who were angry at Facebook were misdirecting their anger.
“We can be up in arms when this sort of thing happens — and it will happen again — but what must happen is that the people posting this stuff are tracked down and charged,” she said. “There have been many cases in the UK where these people have been hunted down and charged and jailed. We need to do that in Australia.”
Sure these pages are disgusting and the people who made them are complete cunts. But to make more criminals and put people in jail just because they are assholes? Just does not seem logical.