Online trolls vicious after mum complains
Facebook last night took down the Southland Trader Co page from its website after some users continued to post pictures of young children in a sexual context.
The move comes after a police investigation was launched into the site. Some users were stealing other members' photos from their profile pages and plastering them on the Trader page with inappropriate headings.
The majority of the pictures were of young children, some being labelled as "sex kittens", others being posted as "for sale".
A Facebook spokesperson said the page was removed because it breached the company's standards.
Facebook had been removing the inappropriate photos but made the call to remove the whole page last night.
But before the page was taken down, it caused a lot of harm to one Invercargill family.
Invercargill mother Jamie-Lee Maniapoto-Suddens became another victim of the trolls this week when she objected to their behaviour.
She was one of dozens of people who posted on the page complaining about the profane posts, which included photos of southern children being splashed with the inappropriate statements and headings.
But she quickly became a victim of their trolling.
She thought her profile page was secure, but somehow the hackers copied it, set up a new profile with her name and added all her friends.
They also copied the photos of her children and partner and put them all over Facebook with obscene comments.
"It's worse than awful," she said.
"It's child pornography, it's ridiculous."
Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Bowman, of Invercargill, said he had received Ms Maniapoto-Suddens's call and had referred it to the child protection team.
Police were taking the matter seriously and were working with Facebook, he said.
The hackers had been traced to a country outside New Zealand.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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