Thursday, 13 September 2012

Roxon supporting the Tele's anti-trolling campaign is a tad hypocritical

Not only do pollies of all state and federal political stripes tear each other to sheds with full legal protection during Question Time, they all but bow down before the super trolls in mainstream print, radio and television.

It’s very convenient for the current mob in power in Canberra to pour petrol on the hot-housed outrage about social network ‘trolling’ because it takes a little of the heat out of their push to cyber-surveil the entire country.
See! Netizens are so naughty they just can’t be trusted. Why these little terrorists will blow up the outside dunny next!
The reality is, that anyone can at the click of a mouse block or report hate speech, sexually explicit or racial slurs, defamation or just plain nastiness, and tweeters who aren't drama queens do just that.
Just to show how silly the entire uproar over Twitter trolling is, here’s one of those same tweeters who recently complained of receiving the trolling treatment:
Robbie Farah, the NRL star who has called for tougher laws to fight internet trolls, last year tweeted that Prime Minister Julia Gillard should be given a noose for her birthday.
The Wests Tigers captain has this week called on the Prime Minister and the police to put an end to vicious trolls online, after he was the target of an offensive message about his late mother, Sonia.
But it has been revealed that, in September last year, on Ms Gillard's 50th birthday, Farah responded to a tweet from former league star, now Triple M radio host, Mark Geyer, asking "what would you buy the PM for her birthday? It's her 50th today" with "a noose".
Later that day he tweeted: "Some people on twitter obviously can't take a joke. Lighten up people"…".
That's right - the very same people happy to dish it out are the first to complain.

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