Wests Tigers captain Robbie Farah has called on the police and politicians to act after he was the recipient of a distasteful message on Twitter about his late mother.
Farah called on Prime Minister Julia Gillard to tighten social media laws after he received the vile message, demanding that the so-called Twitter trolls be held accountable for their actions. He also stated that he had contacted police over the matter.
''We all need to make a stand and get these scums off twitter,'' a clearly angry Farah said on the social networking site. ''The laws are piss weak and people should be accountable for their comments.''
He also sent a message directly to the PM. ''We need @JuliaGillard to take some action and change these soft laws. people need to be accountable for their comments,'' he said.
Farah's mother Sonia died in June after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Farah's grief was made more public after he played a leading role for NSW in a State of Origin victory just days before she passed away.
He was also forced to withdraw from the Tigers' clash with Sydney Roosters after his mother died on the day of the game.
The anonymous Twitter user sent sick references about Sonia Farah directly to the Wests Tigers star. Farah retweeted the message to his more than 27,000 followers. Fairfax has chosen not to repeat the offensive tweet.
Later, Farah said he had contacted the police, while the account of the user who sent the message was last night shut down.
NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell also weighed in, saying in a message to Farah he would support action being taken in the matter. ''shouldn't matter who target is - completely unacceptable,'' he wrote. ''Will follow up & happy to work with Feds to stop it.''
The same Twitter troll sent several messages to Canberra fullback Josh Dugan yesterday.
Farah's actions in highlighting the offensive tweet and making a stand might prompt stricter laws around social media.
Last month a 17-year-old boy was arrested in England for using Twitter to tell British diver Tom Daley - whose father Rob died of cancer last year - that he had let his father down by missing out on a medal.
That incident came four months after a Swansea University student was jailed for 56 days for posting racially offensive comments about the Bolton Wanderers player Fabrice Muamba, who collapsed on the pitch during an FA Cup tie in March.
The act of ''trolling'' has been a talking point in recent weeks after TV star Charlotte Dawson was hospitalised after persistent harassment.
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