Much has been made in the media over the long weekend of the appearance of problematic comments in ‘Labour’ Facebook groups.
The groups are independently run and have no official connection to the Labour Party and the comments are needles in haystacks, but presumably the target audience of the articles is expected to be ignorant of how Facebook groups work.
Twitter user ‘@danofchester‘, however, took the initiative and did a check of the official Conservative Party Facebook page – and quickly found these little uglies:
Each of the comments seems to have been in place for around two weeks, so it’s not as if the Tories’ moderator hasn’t had a reasonable time to spot them.
If this kind of hate speech against a religious group had been found on a Labour-supporting page, let alone the official party page, the mainstream news programmes and front pages would be talking of little else for the next week.
But if you haven’t seen them mentioned, it’s hardly surprising – we’ve been unable to find them featuring either.
Comments by followers of unofficial Labour groups constitute headlines on front-pages and in the half-hourly broadcast news bulletins – but similar or worse on the official Conservative party page are seemingly not newsworthy.
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