Anti-immigrant Brandon Facebook page under investigation

April 18, 2016

CBC News | Page specifically targeted women in a Brandon neighbourhood and posted images of their homes.

Brandon police are investigating a Facebook page that had derogatory comments against immigrants and identified where they live.

The page, which has since been taken down, had a profile photo that read “I hate immigrants.” The page specifically targeted women in a Brandon neighbourhood and posted Google Street View images of their houses.

Brandon resident Rhonda McCorriston reported the page to Facebook when she discovered it earlier this month.

“I couldn’t believe it,” she said.

“I think it’s really important when you see harassment, when it doesn’t sound right, when you’re not sure, then it’s your job to stand up for somebody. We all have a responsibility to do that.”

McCorriston said Facebook initially didn’t take the page down. She received a message saying the page wasn’t against the website’s community standards.

The Brandon Police Service said an investigation began in September of 2015 when police were made aware of the page. Police tried to identify the IP address of the founder of the group and its members but couldn’t, police said in a news release.

Police reported the page to Facebook several times, a news release said. Police were told the page didn’t violate any of Facebook standards and wouldn’t be taken down.

Police monitored the site and found that there weren’t any active posts since fall 2015, until last week.

“The Brandon Police Service will continue to monitor social media for any return of this page or other similar pages that attempt to spread distasteful messages about any group in the city,”  Brandon police said in a media release.

“The Brandon Police Service takes incidents of immigrants being targeted very seriously,” they said.

They’re asking anyone with information to Brandon Crime Stoppers at 204-727-(TIPS) 8477, www.brandoncrimestoppers.com or by texting CRIMES (274637). Crime Stoppers pays up to $2,000 cash for information that leads to the solution of a crime.

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