Following the death of Jillian Meagher, a number of hateful Facebook groups have been designed with the specific intention of abusing the alleged perpetrator of the crime.
While recent media reports have stated that Facebook has complied with the authorities in removing SOME of the pages, a number of pages are still active. These pages MUST be removed in order for a sub judice matter to continue unimpeded.
Despite the fact that Mrs Meagher's grieving husband explicitly requested public restraint on social media in order to avoid a potential corruption of the judicial process, thoughtless and venomous comments number in their hundreds.
While it is somewhat understandable that the media attention given to this case has led many people to feel shock and anger, there is no excuse for Facebook to act as a vehicle for hate speech.
In the interests of due process of law and real respect for Jill and her family and friends, please share this page so that people are made aware of actions that may prove counter-productive in a legal context.
Free speech, whether explicitly or implicitly enshrined, does NOT include hate speech and as such has no place on social media or anywhere else.