Cops no Face­book fans

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALLBONE

LO­CAL po­lice are re­ceiv­ing an in­creas­ing num­ber of com­plaints about the pop­u­lar so­cial net­work­ing site Face­book from chil­dren as young as 12 years old.

In the last year they have re­ceived com­plaints re­gard­ing slan­der, defama­tion, ha­rass­ment, stalk­ing and cy­ber bul­ly­ing.

The ad­dic­tive net­work­ing site is de­signed to be a com­mu­ni­ca­tion util­ity for on­line users to cre­ate per­sonal pro­files, up­load pho­tos and con­nect with friends, how­ever for some it has be­come a vir­tual night­mare which leads to legal ac­tion.

Moss­man Se­nior Con­sta­ble Peter Hornsby con­tacted the Gazette this week to try and stem the flow of com­plaints about the site.

“We are get­ting an in­crease of com­plaints from par­ents and other on­line users about the site,” he said.

“It is im­por­tant for peo­ple to be aware of what they pub­lish on­line be­cause once it is there ev­ery­one can see it.

“It is not to be used to spread neg­a­tive or deroga­tory mes­sages about peo­ple.

“If peo­ple are go­ing to use these sites they need to use them re­spon­si­bly be­cause it can turn into a civil mat­ter, they can be banned from the site or po­lice can take ac­tion un­der the Com­mon­wealth leg­is­la­tion.”

Port Dou­glas Of­fi­cer-in­Charge Sergeant Damian Mead­ows is con­cerned on­line users are not think­ing about their ac­tions be­fore post­ing the in­for­ma­tion on­line.

“The worst thing is, par­ticu- larly with young peo­ple, they don’t think about the ’com­ments’ they make and how they can af­fect other peo­ple when they are posted on­line,” he said.

His agreed.

“Face­book users need to be aware of the in­for­ma­tion they post on­line, check their se­cu­rity set­tings and use the site re­spon­si­bly,” Snr Const Hornsby said.

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