A page was started on Facebook about 12 months ago by someone who was motivated to do something to help the AVN and its members find a safe place to discuss the issues of vaccination.
The page creator made it a closed site so only members who had been approved could post messages or read the information on the page. Unfortunately, several members of Stop the AVN infiltrated and, while the administrator was unaware of what was happening, played havoc with the list. Be warned that the language that follows is extremely graphic.
Those who are guilty of this sort of cyberbullying and abuse should be aware that, due to the recent internet assaults against Charlotte Dawson, the following statement has been issued and would most definitely apply to you and those who enable your behaviour:
Mr Gallacher said that “even a cursory examination of the comments made to Ms Dawson overnight reveals they are clearly offensive to a reasonable person, which is the test for any prosecution under Section 474.17 of the Commonwealth Criminal Code Act”.
That section refers to use of a “carriage service” to menace, harass or offend, with a maximum three-year jail term.
University of Technology Sydney communications law expert Michael Fraser said those who attacked Dawson had committed criminal acts.
“The online world is not above the law,” Professor Fraser said.