... and other lessons we've learnt from Robbie Farah
Who knew footballers were also activists for legislative
An offensive tweet sent to West Tigers footballer Robbie Farah
has inspired the State and Federal Governments to review
telecommunications laws and impose tougher restrictions on social
We've previously written about the law which makes it a
crime to use Twitter (or any other carriage service) in a menacing
The tweeting bomb). But the law is pretty weak and the
government is considering how it can make trolls more accountable
for their evildoing.
With any legislative change some time off, the Australian
Communications and Media Authority has issued an alert aimed at
children and youth to "protect yourself against
Here are our thoughts.
Ignore the troll. Yes that's right, if it's that
offensive or possibly defamatory, don't retweet it for all your
followers to see or exchange insults with the offending
Block the troll. You can block users from being able to view
your profile and send you messages. They can still tweet about you
Before you block the troll, get any information that you can
about the tweet and the troll so that you can hunt them down. But
not kill them, that's still illegal.
Report trolls. Tell Twitter to remove the tweet. They're
usually pretty responsive. And if the tweet is menacing or
threatening (and not a joke) then tell the Police.
And finally a lesson hopefully learned by Farah himself.
If you are going to make a complaint to the Police and appeal to
the Government to impose tougher laws, remember that your own
tweets will be scrutinised.
Even if you delete tweets that you have regrettably posted in
the past, there are ways for them to be retrieved and accessed.
As it turns out, Farah tweeted a while back that the Prime
Minister should be given "a noose" for her 50
th birthday. Maybe it was a typo.
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