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New Paedophile Monitoring Page On Facebook
A new Facebook page which claims to be an information service on the whereabouts of paedophiles has been set up just hours after a judge ordered a similar one be removed.
A convicted paedophile, known only as XY, started court proceedings in Northern Ireland against the social networking site after discovering his photograph and threatening comments had been posted on the page called Keeping Our Kids Safe From Predators.
He claimed harassment, misuse of private information, and a breach of his right to privacy and freedom from inhuman or degrading treatment.
High Court judge Mr Justice McCloskey ruled his human rights had been breached and said Facebook must take down the page within 72 hours.
However, during the afternoon a new page with the title Keeping Our Kids Safe From Predators 2 could be found on the site.
"Back 2 the start i go everything i shared from the last page is gone grrrrrrrrrrrr :( just not far (sic) at all...., " the creator posted shortly after setting the new page up.
It was not immediately clear if the new page had been set up by the same person who was the running the original.
More than 5,000 people had 'liked' the original page and some of the last posts were written after the judge had made his ruling.
One read: "Can facebook not step in here and fight this battle 4 us..... what the point of having a social netwok (sic) if we can post facts on people especially wen its 2 keep our kids safe....... Come on Mark Zuckerberg we need your help..... plz plz plz....."
Another wrote: "Let down a bag full :( no justice at all......Not only me but every victim of sex abuse every kid in the land....... This is what we get for trying 2 protect our kids."
A spokesperson for Facebook told Sky News they were investigating the latest page.
Regarding the original page, he said: "Facebook respects local laws. Consistent with the court order, the page in question is currently unavailable. We will be studying the text of the order before deciding on next steps."
what do you think?
Name and shame is a great concept. Very much needed in this type of crime
Where do the innocent ones go if anyone can just post that a person is pedo or a rapist the site would just be perfect for malishus vengeful vendettas wether they be truthful or not We can't just go around slandering people . and anyway I think people on Facebook need to get a life and meet real people and real friends
More trial by internet. Joke. Innocent men are going to be victimised. And not all have the finances of lord Mcalpine to peruse those responsible. You can't even talk to a child any more
I hate these sort of pages. Wait til an innocent man or woman gets accused! Name and shame does not always work. Of course I'd want to know if I lived near a pedophile,but only if it was told to me by the police.
I'm fortunate to have been given help in finding a job overseas. I love my country but can no longer live here due to the crass stupidity that exists here. Now suddenly we have gone pedophile crazy. You dare not talk to a child play with a child or even discipline your own children. We are going to continue to raise a nation of disaffected kids. I just came back from a part of the world where children run and play freely and the unruly ones get told off by any adult. But imagine that happening here! If we are not abusing children we are protecting terrorists. Goodbye U.K. I won't miss you
Just look at the spelling and grammar of these idiots. Says it all really. Mob rule, and an uneducated mob at that.
if you have nothing constructive to say then don't bother saying anything
And what have you offered Mr Grice? Nothing? Back in your box then!
I'm all for naming and shaming the guilty but there is a fine line lots of innocent people will get accused and their name will get slandered that is not right when I was younger we had a pedophile on the next street we only found out cos the little child's family Had painted certain words on the house he killed himself in the end but the estate should have been made aware he was put on it.
This will do more harm than good, I'm all for naming and shaming, however these pages are fuelled by conjecture and rumour not fact. If this sort of thing is set up then it should be regulated by a government body, but out justice system works by paying time for a crime, if our courts deem someone has fulfilled their punishment then they are legally allowed to live in peace like you or me, that is where the change is needed, not on Facebook where a little knowledge is a dangerous thing!
Naming and shaming is OK provided you are 100% sure you are naming and shaming a guilty person and are also willing to accept the consequences if you get it wrong. Having said that surely, by taking the original page down they are infringeing peoples right to freedom of speech and association.