ABC yet to issue clarification on presenter’s anti-Labor lists | #cybersecurity | #cyberattack

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The ABC has yet to issue an explanation as to how one of its employees, news presenter Fauziah Ibrahim, came to accumulate the names of those she categorised as Labor Trolls and Lobotomised Shitheads on her Twitter account which proudly boasts an ABC News logo.

The two lists were public and hence caused something of an uproar when they came to light.

A company spokesperson attempted to play down the faux pas on Monday when iTWire — the first to report on the snafu — contacted the corporation.

The ABC’s response said: “This is a private Twitter account, not an ABC account. We’re looking into what has occurred.”

But the spokesperson avoided any reference to the fact that the ABC has also published guidance for its employees who have private Twitter accounts.

It says clearly: “The purpose of these Guidelines is to examine those areas where your personal use of social media may intersect with your professional life and to provide some information and direction on managing the risks that may arise.”

And it lists many possible ways in which private social media accounts could contravene ABC standards as seen below:

personal rules


Ibrahim’s act appears to be in violation of the stricture: “A news presenter revealing publicly how they vote or expressing support for a political party.”

There is no specific site on the ABC which provides guidance as to the use of the corporation’s logo.

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One look at Ibrahim’s account — which she has now made private as seen above — shows that the account can easily be mistaken as an official one.

The ABC was contacted this morning for an update. No response has been received as yet.

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