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 September 3, 2010  Non-U.S., Online, Youth & Schools

Facebook has been getting some really negative coverage in Australia over safety issues concerning young people. I expect we’ll see more from both the Australian government and Facebook as to whether it is really doing enough to protect safety. Ben Grubb reports:

A Sydney mother-of-three, her daughter and daughter’s friends have been subjected to a two-week ordeal at the hands of a Facebook stalker and they have been unable to get the social networking company to intervene.

The mother, who wished to remain anonymous due to a police investigation, said she, her 12-year old daughter and her daughter’s friend had been stalked, harassed and sent pornographic images.


After trying and failing to shut down the profile, the mother contacted police.

She said they told her they could shut down the account, but two hours later informed her that would not be possible.

“They said Facebook won’t co-operate with the police,” she said.


This website revealed last week that Facebook managementfailed to reveal the activity of an international child pornography syndicate operating on the site and ignored admissions by one of the ring’s Australian members.

Read more in The Age.

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