Conroy tells Facebook to boost security

[Australia:] COMMUNICATIONS Minister Stephen Conroy has demanded social networking giant Facebook detail how it will prevent cyber-vandalism in the wake of the defacing of an online memorial site for 12-year-old school stabbing victim Elliott Fletcher. [...]

The Brisbane schoolboy was allegedly stabbed to death by a 13-year-old classmate in the toilets at Catholic boys school St Patrick's College on Monday.

That afternoon, friends set up a memorial Facebook page called RIP Elliott Fletcher, which attracted several thousand members.

Queensland police contacted Facebook in Australia and the company's US headquarters and the site was removed early on Tuesday morning after it was defaced by pornography.

Senator Conroy, whose plan to introduce an internet filter to block offensive online content has sparked controversy and protests in cyberspace, said he was horrified by the incident.

"What it showed was that some people will stoop to any level of abuse," Senator Conroy said. "The sorts of images that were put up on the site were truly horrific.