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Copycat meme page created

ANOTHER Facebook page allowing users to post content racially abusive towards Aborigines has been created after a similar page was removed on Wednesday night.

The copycat page, called Abo Memes, sprung up on Thursday and by Friday afternoon had generated more than 2600 "likes".

A meme is an idea that spreads through the internet.

Like its predecessor, which attracted more than 4000 likes before being pulled down by its creator on Wednesday night amid a storm of protest, the new page has generated hundreds of user comments, most of which are critical of the racist content.

The page's anonymous creator, who did not reply to questions posed by APN Newsdesk, lists the Centrelink website under contacts.

A number of comments have been posted by the creator, who is listed an as "entertainer", including: "1000 likes. Any publicity is good publicity", and; "i dont know why these angry children are taking 10 whole minutes of their miserable lives to write an essay i couldnt give a (expletive) about. stop complaining about racism, you're white! these stereotypical jokes may be racist but they're nearly 100% factual."

APN Newsdesk's repeated attempts to obtain comment from Facebook have been ignored.

But the social networking giant was quoted in other media as saying: "While we do not remove this type of content from the site entirely unless it violates our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, out of respect for local laws, we may restrict access to content that violates local laws."

The Australian Communications and Media Authority confirmed on Friday afternoon it had referred the page to the Classification Board, as it did with the original page.

An ACMA spokeswoman said complaints had been received about the Facebook pages and non-Facebook pages.

Australia's Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Helen Szoke was also awaiting a reply from Facebook as of Friday afternoon.

Earlier in the week Dr Szoke told APN instances of "cyber racism" had increased in recent years.

She spoke about educating people about the damaging impacts of racism.

"The thing that I always do is to say 'well, what if that image - particularly where there is one image repeated with a number of different messages - what if that image was a member of your family with those kinds of comments underneath it? How would you feel about that'," Dr Szoke said.

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