NATIONAL: A Facebook group that features racist portrayals of Aborigines is being investigated by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).
“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.”
More than 4,000 people have subscribed to the site, which portrays Aboriginal people as drunks who sniff petrol and bludge on welfare.
It also recently added the words “Controversial Humor” (sic) to its title.
Race Discrimination Commissioner Helen Szoke said if people felt offended by the page they could also complain to the Australian Human Rights Commission.
“In the last three years we have had an increasing number of complaints which related to cyber racism,” Dr Szoke said.
“I have had a look at the images, and I do think they’re quite insulting to Aboriginal people.
“There’s a tipping point between humour and even controversial humour and material that’s just offensive and just insulting.”
Dr Szoke said young people needed to be more educated about the harm that could be caused by misusing social media.
Organisations like Facebook needed stricter standards, she added.
SBS reports the site was created and is maintained by a 16-year-old Perth boy.
Indigenous boxer Anthony Mundine had joined a group of Australians supporting a campaign condemning Facebook over its claims that the page is not considered hate speech, Fairfax reports.
Perhaps Facebook could employ people who will not condone racism in any way, shape or form, people who dont see garbage like this as “controversial humour”
It is not controversial humour it is purely and simply gutter racism.
Time to take a stand Facebook or do you want to be seen as an organisation which tolerates racism.
Lighten up. There will always be jokes about all nationalities. The more you bur up over it the more popular it becomes. There is a big difference between racism and humor. No one bags the irish but there will always be Irish jokes and Pom jokes and so on. I think we are taking it a bit far and most are not offensive to me and I am of aboriginal heritage.
You’re clearly not Aboriginal in any way shape or form other than genetics Mark, if you don’t find that crap offensive. In fact, you might as well not identify at all for that matter…just a suggestion.
A big and powerful diff is in many instances Mark is that so called ‘jokes’ about Aboriginal people, the first Australians is that it attacks their birth rights and humanity. Quite diff from haven-a-laugh about silly behaviors. It’s not kind or decent to attack people who’ve been under the foot for over 200 years.
Mark, if you’re a blackfella all I can say is you’ve been living under a rock or in la la land all your life if you codone the racist insults on Facebook.
These folks are pretty active. But don’t just leave it all to them/us….
It took 10 days for a reply. Thank god someone woke up. Not many. If your insulted over someone’s personal views then lord help us. Chris should know better although he got the ball rolling.
Mark, I’m not insulted by your personal views, all I’m saying is you must be living in la la land, most of us blackfellas live in the real world. Perhaps you should reread the comment by Caroline Tapp (and Chris).
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