LATEST: An offensive Border-based Facebook page that urges people to "name and shame" Albury-Wodonga women for their alleged promiscuity has been removed.
The page has not been since Saturday evening.
It is not known whether the page was removed by its administrators or Facebook.
The page's sudden disappearance comes after a Border Mail report revealing bullies hiding behind a mask of anonymity had taken to the site, listing the names of several young Border women.
By doing so, they exposed themselves to criminal charges under laws that make it illegal to harass or menace using a carrier service.
The page was created as a spin-off to “Albury/Wodonga Babes” — a page that was removed on Friday after The Border Mail revealed the site had published photos of women and underage girls without their permission.
Since Tuesday, the “name and shame” page received almost 3000 likes, but it’s also been flooded by comments condemning those who have set it up.
The page has been reported to Facebook numerous time by users offended by its content.
One reader, who complained to the global social media company this week, said Facebook had indicated in its response that it would not take action.
It said that after reviewing her report, it was “not able to confirm” the page violated Facebook’s statement of rights and responsibilities.
Youth resource officer with Wodonga police, Leading Sen-Constable Kevin Mack, said he had noticed a concerning lack of empathy and emotional intelligence by those interacting in the online medium.
Sen-Constable Mack said people were making remarks that could be viewed by thousands of people on Facebook that they wouldn’t necessarily be comfortable making face-to-face.
He urged those using social media sites to use a “self-test”, by asking how they would feel if they were to put themselves in their target’s shoes or how they would feel if the situation was reversed.
Last year, two Bendigo men, who created a Facebook page that rated the sexual performance of local teens, were charged and convicted of using a carriage service to offend and publishing offensive material on an information network.