Posted: 13 September, 2012 by Triple M NRL

Robbie Farah Allegedly Tweeted He Would Buy A 'Noose' For Julia Gillard On Her Birthday

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Robbie Farah Media Statement

Wests Tigers Captain Robbie Farah has issued the following statement.

I have written to Prime Minister Julia Gillard today to apologise for any hurt caused by a tweet I posted in 2011.

As you are aware I have been vocal in recent days about criticising those who say some pretty disgraceful things through social media and I have appreciated your support in relation to that cause.

It is an experience that has highlighted the hurtful nature of unthinking comments and even those which are sometimes put forward as ‘black humour’.

In the course of this I have been alerted to a 'tweet' I made last year in relation to the Prime Minister which was in hindsight clearly offensive.

At the time I did think about what I had done and removed the ‘tweet’ soon after posting it but that of course doesn’t repair the damage.

I make no excuse and offer my sincere apologies. I can only say that I have learnt a lot in recent days and I hope that everyone in the community can learn about the pain that we can cause through such comments.

Hopefully the whole situation will only serve to encourage everyone to think about what we are really saying before we hit the 'send' key.

EARLIER: Triple M's Spoonman has ripped everyone involved in the 'Stop The Trolls' Twitter campaign a new one. Listen to the audio below.

LISTEN: Spoony's Farah Rant

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LISTEN: Spoony's Trolls Rant

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EARLIER: A Twitter sleuth has found a tweet purportedly posted by Robbie Farah in response to a question Triple M's Mark Geyer posed to his Twitter followers about Julia Gillard on September 29 last year, which has some saying Farah is a hypocrite.

Farah has taken a strong stance against Twitter trolls this week (people who send abusive messages to others via social media, often when they haven't even met the person they are talking about).

The above tweet has since been removed by Farah, but Senior Director & APAC Digital Strategist for Text100 Karalee Evans, the woman who found Farah's tweet to 'MG', is backing up her initial discovery with other evidence to prove that it was the NRL star who suggested a good present for Prime Minister Julia Gillard on her birthday would be 'a noose'.

Triple M has found another tweet where Farah said he was only joking with his 'noose' tweet.

"Some people on twitter obviously can't take a joke. Lighten up people," he posted in September last year.

Farah, along with people like Charlotte Dawson and NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell, has spoken out strongly against abuse posted on Twitter against other individuals.

It was reported on Tuesday - before this tweet emerged - the Prime Minister's office contacted Wests Tigers to set up a meeting between the footballer and Ms Gillard to discuss Twitter trolls.

It's unclear if this proposed meeting will still go ahead.

The Australian Communications and Media (ACMA) authority released guidelines on Wednesday designed to protect internet users from cyber trolls.

The guide outlines five steps, which include "Ignore the troll; block the troll; report trolls; talk with friends and family; and protect friends from trolls".

Audio with Robbie Farah and Barry O'Farrell is below.

Triple M On Monday

Wests Tigers rugby league captain Robbie Farah has made a statement about a vile comment he received on his Twitter account last night.

Farah has provided a report to NSW Police who are looking into the matter. The vile comment referred to his mother Sonia Farah, who passed away in June.

“I was very shocked and appalled to receive this vile comment on my twitter account last night,’’ Farah said.

“Whilst I’m all for banter on Twitter and people expressing their opinions, this was personal about my late mother who I am still grieving about.

“As a rugby league player, I understand people are going to have different opinions about me, my football club, or the weekend’s results, and I accept that by putting myself on Twitter.

“I know I will get positive and negative messages and I need to be accountable for the way I respond to these comments.

“However the tweet I received last night clearly crossed the line and was personal abuse of the worst possible kind, not only to myself but my family.

“I understand NSW Police do have some powers to take action against people who post abusive comments online and I appreciate the efforts they are making.

“However I encourage the Federal Government to strengthen social media laws so that these cowards are made accountable for their actions and people can be protected from the kind of disgusting personal abuse that I have received.”

EARLIER: High-profile comedian, Wil Anderson, had a strong view on Twitter trolling in the wake of vile abuse directed at NRL star Robbie Farah, which the NSW Premier is taking action over (more on that below).

"People have always said bad things behind people's backs, that's not a thing that Twitter invented or Facebook invented…but what people do on Twitter, is they'll be mean, and they'll include your name in there so that person sees that," said Anderson on Triple M's Grill Team.

"If you're going to be mean, be mean behind someone's back, but don't include them in so when they're just going to their normal Twitter account to be nice to other people they have to see such horrible abuse."

"I'm not saying it would be appropriate for this guy to say what he's said on Twitter at all, but if he just said it on his own page to his three followers then it's not an issue and it doesn't get anyone else involved."

INITIAL: West Tigers star Robbie Farah has been subjected to vile abuse on social networking site, Twitter.

Mark Geyer described seeing a lot of activity on Twitter concerning the West Tigers' star around 6pm last night.

"Some keyboard ninja had gotten on there and written very ordinary about his late mum," MG described.

The internet 'troll' had posted a tweet concerning Robbie Farah's late mother and was sexually explicit.

MG reasoned as a high profile account holder you understand there are "going to be some haters and there are going to be some lovers out there."

"But in this case the person has gone way too far and they should be brought to justice," MG added.

NSW premier Barry O'Farrell called in to the show and agreed with MG saying "we need to send a strong message that this is absolutely unacceptable."

"If you're not prepared to say it to someone's face you shouldn't be tweeting it or sending it some other electronic way," Premier O'Farrell added.

LISTEN: NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell On Twitter Trolls

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LISTEN: Robbie Farah Statement

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