Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Community Safety Cyberbullying Man pleads guilty to using Facebook to harass retiring Labor senator Nova Peris www.abc.net.au/news/ June 21st 2016 Cyberbullying Law "Under Australian Commonwealth law it is an offence to “use a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence, or for the purposes of a threat”. It is also an offence to “knowingly or recklessly use a telecommunications service in such a way as would be regarded by reasonable persons being, in all the circumstances, offensive” Maximum Penalty 3 years Imprisonment



Cyberbullying Law
 "Under Australian Commonwealth law it is an offence to “use a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence, or for the purposes of a threat”. It is also an offence to “knowingly or recklessly use a telecommunications service in such a way as would be regarded by reasonable persons being, in all the circumstances, offensive”
Maximum Penalty 3 years Imprisonment
"A #victoriapolice spokesman said a person found guilty of revenge-porn type posts faced up to
10 years in jail." SMH 19/4/16

What does cyberbullying look like?
·         Being sent mean or hurtful text messages from someone you know or even someone you don’t know
·         Getting nasty, threatening or hurtful messages through social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, or through sites where people can ask / answer questions like Formspring or Internet forums
·         People sending photos and videos of you to others to try and embarrass or hurt you
·         People spreading rumours about you via emails or social networking sites or text messages
·         People trying to stop you from communicating with others
·         People stealing your passwords or getting into your accounts and changing the information there
·         People setting up fake profiles pretending to be you, or posting messages or status updates from your accounts





Man pleads guilty to using Facebook to harass retiring Labor senator Nova Peris

Updated yesterday at 2:34pm
A 64-year-old chiropractor has admitted to using Facebook to post abusive comments about retiring Labor senator Nova Peris.
Chris Nelson has pleaded guilty in a NSW Central Coast court to using a carriage service to cause offence.
Among the comments he posted was: "Go back to the bush and suck on witchity [sic] grubs and yams."
Nelson, who is based at Woy Woy, was arrested at his business in May after making the comments about the Northern Territory Senator, which went viral.
At the time he denied he was responsible, saying his account was hacked, but later made admissions to police.
He showed no emotion during his brief appearance at Woy Woy Local Court.
Outside court Nelson said: "How many times do I have to say 'no comment'?"
In a statement to the ABC, Senator Peris said: "I welcome the news of Mr Nelson's guilty plea".
"Given that the matter is still before the courts and awaiting sentencing, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further at this time," she said.
Court documents reveal the slur that went viral was not the only Facebook post Nelson made to the outgoing senator that day.
His social media accounts have since been shut down but further police investigations found that he posted a second racially abusive message.
The comments included several instances of profanity.
In his admissions to police, he stated he was not motivated by racism but by government policies on illegal immigration and Aboriginal welfare payments.
He faces a maximum two years in jail and will be sentenced on July 5.
At the time the messages were sent Nelson was the secretary of the Woy Woy (Peninsula) Branch of the Liberal Party.
He was expelled within hours of his arrest.
On her own social media accounts, Senator Peris labelled the comments as "racist and vile hatred".
Earlier this year, Senator Peris announced she would not re-contest her Senate seat at the upcoming election.
After the online abuse was made public, Senator Peris said she would continue to call out and fight racism.
She said no one had the right to make anyone else feel threatened or discriminated against.



http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-21/man-pleads-guilty-to-using-facebook-harassment-of-nova-peris/7528674


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