AFP denies call for ban on Facebook teen memorial pages

Not an effective strategy in dealing with misuse of online social networking sites, the agency says

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has knocked back the idea of banning under-18s from setting up memorial sites on social networking sites such as Facebook, as a means of managing the sites' misuse.

Responding to a recent report regarding the prosecution of a man for posting pornography on two separate online memorials to murdered children, the agency said it was not in discussions with Facebook on banning under-18s from setting up memorial sites.

“The AFP wish to clarify that at no time has it raised this issue with representatives from Facebook, nor has it ever suggested that this would be an effective strategy in dealing with misuse of online social networking sites,” the statement reads.

“The promotion of cyber safety and e-security have always been priority areas for the AFP, and its High Tech Crime Operations Team continues to work in partnership with Facebook, who are receptive to approaches from law enforcement agencies.”

The AFP said it was continuing however continuing to work closely with Facebook “on behalf of the Australian law enforcement community”.

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