[LINK] itNews: Tas Police fed up with Social Media
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Mon Jul 16 08:46:31 AEST 2012
Tasmanian cops decline to 'censor Internet'
Jul 13, 2012 12:39 PM (2 days ago)
Posting to Facebook isn't a crime.
Tasmania's police force has taken the unusual step of asking the
public to stop alerting it to every "abusive or harassing" comment
posted to Facebook or other social media sites.
The force said it was "increasingly receiving complaints" about
material posted to the sites.
However, it sought to clarify that "the use of technology to
undertake some conduct does not in itself create an offence".
"If the conduct complained of would not amount to an offence if it
occurred off-line, then it is not an offence simply because in a
particular instance it was undertaken with the aid of digital
technology," the department noted.
"For example, complaints have been received about comments posted on
Facebook which are abusive or harassing. If this behavior occurred in
a public place it would not be a reportable offence.
"It is not the role of Tasmania Police to censor internet content."
Acting inspector Luke Manhood urged the public to lodge complaints
directly with Facebook.
"Police should be contacted only where the content relates directly
to a crime," he said.
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