The government demands to share platform with pedophiles?

Hang on. I thought Facebook was a place where lots of nice people chatted about bushfires and stuff.

There were 20,000 child abuse convictions last year? I don’t recall reading about them. Maybe all those trials of garage Nazis have delayed the arraignment dates. Anyway, in case you’re wondering, this report is about home affairs minister Peter Dutton’s obsessive desire to get around encryption and read your mail. Because if history tells us anything, it’s that the state will not abuse that power under any circumstances. Do note that News Corp expects Facebook to respect its intellectual property rights but News Corp doesn’t respect yours.

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34 Responses to The government demands to share platform with pedophiles?

  1. Baa Humbug says:

    I’m loving this stoush. I hope both sides smash each other into oblivion.

  2. Captain Katzenjammer says:

    Facebook makes users stupid when they use it, and more stupid when it’s taken away from them.

  3. stackja says:

    Mark is the problem again. He owns people.

  4. Clam Chowdah says:

    I think this is awesome. Facebook is shit and people should avoid it anyway.

  5. Fess says:

    CL – I’m a fan of your posts thank you, but I don’t think it’s nitpicking to point out the newspaper quotes police as saying they’ll lose 20,000 tip-offs a year, not 20,000 convictions. Nevertheless, a pox on all their houses.

  6. Tel says:

    Facebook makes users stupid when they use it, and more stupid when it’s taken away from them.

    If they were stupid before they started using it then you would have the full trifecta.

  7. mundi says:

    Just like Uber displaced taxis…

    Blogs (like the cat) will displace ‘journalism’

    Anyway… I fully expect Australia within 5-10 years to have a government regulated online social media system, with citizens required to have a social license to participate.

  8. mh says:

    Aussie police are relying on the Lizard People to help protect children?

  9. cuckoo says:

    Do we know what the Northern Territory News thinks about this yet?

  10. H B Bear says:

    Is this the right place? I just want to get a pizza. No pineapple just to be clear.

  11. C.L. says:

    I thought about that, Fess, but if it isn’t 20,000 tip-offs about 20,000 crimes, what does it even mean?
    20,000 tip-offs about 15 or 20 crimes? That would be 15 or 20 tip-offs.

    Tip-off means actual offenders were identified and dealt with.

    I think 20,000 reports may be received by police nationwide about something dodgy – almost all of which turn out to be non-actionable.

    Successful informing is good to see but the 20,000 figure is clearly spin.

  12. Albatross says:


  13. Epicurious says:

    Honestly, would you let Zuckerberg even date your ugly sister or brother if he has a mind to….?

  14. Suburban Boy says:

    Australia is turning out to be Zuck’s Teutoberg Forest.

  15. Cui Bono says:

    C’mon…we’re all consumers…just boycott FB. This is not hard

  16. HGS says:

    Warming to this facebook chappie.

  17. caveman says:

    I don’t even use Facebook, but a dude that has a fringe starting at the back of the head , yeah you should worry.

    Yeah! yeah!

  18. Old Lefty says:

    There are a lot of these offences that are never or only minimally reported. If it’s not about the Church or private schools , for example, the ABC doesn’t want to know about it.

  19. Squirrel says:

    The obvious answer for a worried gummint is to build on the world-beating triumph which is MyGov and turn it into a fun place to catch up with family and friends, compare notes on welfare fraud and tax cheating, share pictures of stuff you’ve bought with unexplained wealth and generally let your id and ego run rampant – confident in the knowledge that your secrets will be safe in the hands of your ever lovin’ gummint.

    Even better, it’d be Covid-safe – double yay with jazz hands!

  20. Mother Lode says:

    20k tips!

    I wonder how many are lefties trying to enlist police in their multitudinous and unending campaigns against conservatives? The police are not exactly, shall we say, discerning. In fact, they get their freakin’ rocks off.

    I also liked the juxtaposition of the headline “Most Callous Man in the World” appearing above the one reading “Gran, 90, Billed for Getting Out of Bed”.

  21. MatrixTransform says:


    what a crock.

    seriously, our police now spout gibberish as well ?

  22. Dot says:

    I never believed Media Watch, that the Courier Mail was absolutely appalling.


    That front page is more absurd and hilarious than the NT News.


    Have nothing on the Courier Mail.

  23. Albatross says:

    So, in summary, Jacks are complaining because they can’t spy on you so easily? Legacy media, trying to shore up their influence by extracting rents from Facebook, gleefully repeat the pigs lies, hoping for some monopoly profits?

    That about it?

  24. BrettW says:

    Good return of serve by the Courier Mail / Newscorp v FB.

  25. John Comnenus says:

    FB dominance of spreading “news” is a danger to Democracy. The Federal Govt are also total jerks. The cage match between two hated parties is wonderful to behold. Can they both lose?

  26. miltonf says:

    Baddies vs. baddies again.

  27. Sorry to have to do this…
    because I luvyah werk…
    But, the headlines suggests 20,000 “tip offs”, not convictions…
    Not all “tip-offs” make it through the system…
    But on a similar matter… we are now “governed” not by democracy but by elites who control the media, the internet, the political system…
    Politicians are at the “mercy” of the “public service” who advise them, draft their legislation and lead them by the nose into decisions with far reaching consequences…
    We have been as a frog being cooked in water…. you simply put the frog in cold water and heat it gently until it’s been boiled alive…
    The creeping claw of modern totalitarianism across the globe has centralised power, and left all of us with only a smoke screen of “freedom”…
    Thank you for letting me have my say… now… where did I put my meds????

  28. Roger says:

    Funny how the Murdoch press has never run a front page article about what FB does with users’ data or why it doesn’t pay intrepid citizen reporters who upload their videos of breaking events.

  29. cuckoo says:

    Federal government versus Facebook. The term ‘bumfight’ springs to mind.

  30. C.L. says:

    Sorry to have to do this…
    because I luvyah werk…
    But, the headlines suggests 20,000 “tip offs”, not convictions…

    Then they weren’t tip-offs about anything, Richard, were they?
    A tip-off is information about an actual crime. The police/Courier Mail are suggesting (to use your word) that 20,000 child abuse crimes are currently being reported.
    That is total bullshit.

    Whenever officials give crime figures that pertain not to convictions but to some other metric, you know immediately that they’re lying.

  31. H B Bear says:

    I’ve just bun friended by some bloke called Albo. Never heard of him.

  32. Fess says:

    CL – having challenged the tip-off vs convictions, I appreciate your reply. When a mainstream news source says “up to 20,000” it does have a whiff of hyperbole. Could mean 2 tip-offs per year by nutters. What I mainly got from your post is that there are unstated agendas behind the newspaper article. Keep on posting please.

  33. Whalehunt Fun says:

    Gee whiz. Tell me now how many sick filth among the staff at the ABC have been convicted of child porn chil mullestering etc etc and tell me how many at FB. Well now. Why are these cretins not campaigning to shut down the ABC?

  34. C.L. says:

    No, thank you, Fess.
    It’s a good reminder for me not to let the desire to debunk – however righteously – come before unimpeachable narrative choices.

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