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Thu May 25, 2023, 07:24 PM

Aboriginal treaty body urges Facebook parent company Meta to clamp down on racist abuse

Victoria's Aboriginal treaty body has called on Facebook parent company Meta to better control racist abuse online, as it counters a surge of hate speech.

In an open letter, the First Peoples' Assembly of Victoria called on Meta to "start taking responsibility" for what happens on its platforms, accusing the social media giant of allowing highly offensive racial slurs within its community guidelines.

"In Australia racial vilification is deemed hate speech. It is unlawful in public places," the Assembly said in the letter.

The letter cited two highly offensive, racist slurs used against Aboriginal people and said when it reported them on the Facebook platform there was "no action".


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