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article imageOp-Ed: Facebook ‘rape’ page worse than News of the World phone hacks

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By Paul Wallis
Oct 16, 2011 in Internet
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Sydney - There’s nothing too surprising about crap sites on the net, but the Facebook rape page, administered by British and Australian schoolboys, is all about how great rape is. A group objected to the page, and its site was attacked by hackers.
Check this out for a selection of bright ideas as described by the Sydney Morning Herald:
...Others include "Abducting, raping and violently murdering your friend as a joke", "Pinning your mate down while someone HIV positive rapes him for a laugh", "Police call it a restraining order, we call it playing hard to get" and "Turning into a chain smoking sexual predator when you drink".
Cute, eh? It’ll be interesting to see how these little brats feel when things like that happen to them. What they don’t yet know is that playing in the sewer gets you covered in the contents. Too damn bad. If you’ve got a youth culture that thinks crime is cool and poverty is acceptable, what else do you expect?
As for the humor- That’s funny? Talk about desperate for a laugh. “Chuckle, chuckle, my mate’s been sliced into beef jerky and given me his diseases, now I’m going to Disneyland.” Smart boys, keep it up, you’ll love it in jail, when you’re the entertainment.
Facebook has refused to shut down the page. It now has a problem, whether it knows it or not. Incitement to commit a crime is a crime in many countries. Facebook could be seen as enabling incitement. That’d be a very interesting bit of case law. It’s also contrary to existing FB terms of service. There’s also a very strong possibility that the content on this page could fall into the same category as the News of the World phone hacks. There’s more laws against this sort of crap than you’d believe.
Quite aside from the sheer irresponsibility of this policy of not shutting the page down, it’d be hard to imagine a more effective way of putting people off Facebook. Google Plus may not be too inspiring, but FB does now have competition, and turning the site into a sleaze festival could easily start a stampede to anywhere but Facebook.
Investors in the proposed FB float should also note that a population of hackers and lowlifes isn’t what you’d call top quality market potential. This is attracting viewers, but “viewers” and conversions aren’t the same thing. This page isn’t exactly a reliable market base in any language, including sign language.
Facebook is neither above the law nor above consumer backlash. Zuckerberg has a choice- He can either decide to keep a lot of lawyers in luxury for the privilege of keeping a few schoolboys happy, or he can get his finger out and do what needs doing. The choice is do it, or take the consequences. Going from being a billionaire to zip isn’t as hard as it looks.
By the way, Mr. Zuckerberg- Who's doing your legals these days? You're getting unbelievably bad advice. From an unbiased perspective, this is suicide. You could be sued by anyone on the planet for this crap.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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