It was the fortnight when Queenslanders saw Facebook’s dark side.
It began with the posting of sickening pornographic images on a site set up to pay tribute to slain schoolboy Elliott Fletcher.
A week later, eight-year-old Trinity Bates was dead, and within 24 hours police were searching for more online vandals.
And if that wasn’t enough, the week ended with news a schoolboy had been suspended after setting up a sarcastic site over missing schoolboy Daniel Morcombe, while 20 high school students were suspended for bullying teachers online.
So many high-profile incidents in such a short time has sparked a storm of public outrage, with Premier Anna Bligh personally penning a letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, while Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said he would consider appointing an online ombudsman, describing cyber crime and internet bullying as “frankly frightening”.
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