Facebook asked to ban teens from setting up tribute pagesBy ANI
Saturday, June 5, 2010
MELBOURNE - Australian police wants Facebook to prohibit teens from setting up tribute pages after a Brisbane man was accused of posting pornography on online memorials to murdered children.
Bradley Paul Hampson, 29, faces up to 10 years’ jail if convicted of offences relating to the defacement of Facebook memorials for Trinity Bates, 8, and Elliot Fletcher, 12, who died in separate incidents in Queensland earlier this year.
After the incident, the Australian Federal Police is negotiating with the social networking giant to make sure that such acts of cyber-vandalism by so-called internet “trolls”, who post offensive material to provoke outrage, don’t happen again, reports news.com.au.
Detective Superintendent Peter Crawford, of the Child Safety and Sexual Crimes Group of Queensland police, said: “I think the trolling issue will continue to be a problem in the future. We are really keen to see people who administer those sites take responsibility to ensure that material posted is of an appropriate standard.” (ANI)