Racist Facebook pages increasing
Fri, 02 Nov 2012 6:21p.m.
By Adam Hollingworth
Internet safety watchdog Netsafe says it's disturbed by the growing number of racist hate speech pages turning up on social networking sites like Facebook.
The race relations conciliator says Facebook has been slow to respond to complaints, and when one site is taken down another will rear up in its place.
A friend of actor Ian Hughes alerted him to a Facebook page with 9000 followers about things Maori supposedly never say.
The comments, which 3 News has chosen not to show, denigrate Maori education standards, honesty and even cleanliness. Mr Hughes was disgusted.
“It was obviously racist, it was just a site full of all of the sort of nasty preconceptions and all of the worst stuff that's doing nobody any favours.”
Mr Hughes asked Facebook to pull the site, but he, and others, received a standard reply.
“They said: ‘We're looking at it further but we can't take it down.'”
Eventually a Taranaki school forced the students behind the page to withdraw it, only for another page to rear up about things Maori supposedly always say.
Netsafe executive director Martin Cocker says these pages just keep coming back.
“[It’s a] bit like the game whack-a-mole or something, you're just constantly hitting a panel and knocking pages down and they keep popping up.”
The internet safety group is receiving three or four such complaints a day.
“It's certainly got worse recently,” says Mr Cocker.
Race relations conciliator Joris de Bres says he too is getting more complaints, but social websites are slow to respond.
“They do have, or attempt to have, standards or codes of ethics on Facebook, Twitter YouTube, all of those have them,” he says. “I think the real problem is that they don't enforce them very much.”
Neither Facebook nor those behind the latest racist page responded to 3 News.
The Government is writing legislation to tackle online hate speech but that won't be heard until next year. Mr De Bres' message until then is, if you're offended, complain and the message will eventually get through.
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25/02/2013 10:58:16 a.m.
Facebook should close those racist pages, there is this racist page called "FREEDOM FROM MENTAL SLAVERY", who seems to do exactly the contrary of what their name states, they brainwash people, they try to cause hate and discrimination, try to make black people hate on each other, hateing on white people so they can hate black people. keep talking about black people like a minority of sounds to me that every black person according to them is either a drug dealer, a fool, a homeless, stop this crap, report this page, has been reported that lately they stole photos from personal profile and much more.
24/11/2012 3:07:39 p.m.
Facebook can and they will if they wanted to. They just dont care anymore and hid behind the "freedom of speech bandwagon" and count their money.
4/11/2012 8:28:23 p.m.
Facebook should be able to shut down racist and hate sites - I'm sure they have the capability to do this if the sites are reported to them.
4/11/2012 10:09:28 a.m.
A related issue here is free speech. We may not agree with these pages, but the people behind them are entitled to their opinions. This is one of the great strengths of the net. People can publish things they wouldn't be allowed to in their own society.
3/11/2012 10:51:41 p.m.
CRAG your comment made me laugh so much, Im part maroi and I actually find the facebook pages funny. Facebook is a community for young people, if nothing else, after all it was started for university aged users. And I think the sort of content you find on there reflects this, I imagein that most people of my sort of age "20" would be able to find the funny side, given all the fairly well know stereotyping of maori and other ethnic minorities.
3/11/2012 2:52:44 p.m.
Craig I know it horrifies you to know that Maori are taxpayers and probably proportionatly more than whites as a lot of whites fall into the corporate tax evader category. and @Lucy do you think its okay for these guys to set up these racist pages and not accept the consequences? What happened to taking responsibility for your actions? The only way to stamp out bullying is to bully the bullies themselves.
3/11/2012 11:16:46 a.m.
The Crown has confirmed a cash top-up payment of $138.5 million will be paid to Ngai Tahu and Waikato-Tainui, following confirmation treaty settlements have exceeded the $1 billion mark.
3/11/2012 9:47:13 a.m.
@Bill, so if another country invaded N.Z, took your land, imposed their religion, beliefs, punished you for speaking english, relegated you to the margins of society etc etc, you would be fine with that? and don't give me the old 'it happened in the past' line, it's hardly ancient Greece we're talking about here. @Craig- and your point is??, maybe if you expended a few brain-cells asking why?, you'd start to get to some deeper truths.
3/11/2012 9:07:28 a.m.
"Maori taxpayers" that's a bit of an oxymoron as maori have never paid more then they have claimed. Example: 150,000 state houses 89,000 of them have maori tenants.
3/11/2012 8:39:22 a.m.
I have friends on facebook and are maori and they have no problem what so ever about this page..they just think its a joke they dont take it sriously! I know that may seem racist to other people in NZ but it sure dosent to other maori and pacific people!
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