O’Dwyer bullies Twitter into censorship

From Fairfax:

Despite holding what has long been considered one of the Liberal Party’s safest seats, Ms O’Dwyer and the Liberal Party’s social media advisor have forced Twitter to remove photos from an obscure Twitter account that has only 211 followers.

The Twitter account, named “Kelly the new Sophie”, had used photographs of Ms O’Dwyer campaigning with Ms Mirabella.

Twitter says the photographic material from the account has been removed in response to a “Digital Millennium Copyright Act (USA) takedown notice”. The notice lists the “copyright owner” as Kelly O’Dwyer.

Twitter states the complaint was lodged by Jennifer Freind (sic), who is described as the social media advisor to the Victorian Liberal Party.

However, most of the photographs on the site appear to be under copyright not to Ms O’Dwyer, but to Fairfax Media.

A member of the group that established the “Kelly the New Sophie” account (who wished to remain anonymous but claims links to the Liberal Party in Higgins) told Fairfax Media that Ms O’Dwyer’s complaint to Twitter seemed “a bit of an overreaction to a joke account with 200 followers, a significant proportion of whom are pornbots”.

More fine “liberalism” at work.

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    • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

      And a thin skinned fool.
      She gone from less than 200 people having a giggle at her, to over 200,000,.. and its her own doing!

    • Were these the ones?

      Does Soph have a position on Foreign Nationals buying Australian Real Estate? Does O’D?

      What have O’D’s achievements as a polly been?

  1. However, most of the photographs on the site appear to be under copyright not to Ms O’Dwyer, but to Fairfax Media.

    And you have to swear under penalty of perjury that you are (or represent) the copyright holder when making a DMCA take-down claim.


    Tell the Truth. The DMCA requires that you swear to the facts in your copyright complaint under penalty of perjury. It is a federal crime to intentionally lie in a sworn declaration. (See U.S. Code, Title 18, Section 1621.) Submitting false information could also result in civil liability—that is, you could get sued for money damages.

    • If there’s any justice at all in Australia she’ll be answering difficult questions in front of a judge. Nothing will happen though; Australia is corrupt. Vote all the incumbents out.

  2. Libs to lose Higgins and Labor to lose Wills. That is all I want out of this election. Plus David Collyer getting a Victorian Senate seat. It would be a hoot to hear him booming about housing unaffordability and economic rents on the nightly news.

      • Check out the tallyroom profile to see if it is a chance

        Wills, not so much, as the area in the north-west of the electorate seem to be Howard’s aspirational class. They’ll put the Labor guy above the Greens. The lesser of two evils in their eyes. The suit that Labor are dropping into the electorate doesn’t look too bad for a career politician, but the ends never justifies the means so I’d love to see Labor toasted.

  3. surflessMEMBER

    so much for the freedom of expression that the so called liberal party, where is the ipa, outrageous I say.

    • Remember when Shrek (Hockey) sued Fairfax for Libel. He couldn’t get them for the article because it was true, but the headline when Tweeted out of context did not manage to clear Australia’s stupidly high Bar for a Libel defence.

      The LNP only believe in freedom for their mates. Classic crony capitalism.

  4. First the housing affordability inquiry, and now this. She’s a useless authoritarian muppett, like the rest of the LNP. If Australians vote these fools in again, they deserve everything they get.

  5. Terror Australis

    Jason Ball, the Greens Candidate is a fantastic young man.
    He’s making deep inroads to O’Dwyers vote.
    Whether he has enough votes, we’ll soon find out.

    • I live so close to Higgins, but not quite close enough to vote against her. I’ll be voting against Frydenberg instead. No-one’s talking about a serious threat against him in Kooyong, but I have noticed there are a huge number of Greens volunteers handing out stuff on Glenferrie Road. Also, the only front yard election poster anyone in my local area is sporting is for the Greens.

      • I’d like to think so, but it seems to mostly attract middle-aged men instead.

        Could I suggest that we adopt the term JoFry for Josh Frydenberg. Pronounced ‘Joffrey’.

      • Terror Australis

        Kooyong wasn’t really on the #GREENS target list for this election.
        It’s a party with limited resources so has to pick and choice where to concentrate effort.

        But I’ve had personal conversations someone who happened to be an ex-staffer to Tony Abbott.
        He said the Liberal Party longer term is concerned that seats like Kooyong, Wentworth and even North Sydney could fall to the Greens. Maybe in the next few election cycles. Changing demographics is an important factor.

        The Kooyong Greens vote wasn’t far behind Labor in 2010 and 2013 so I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Labor fall to 3rd place in that electorate, this time.

      • I guess all those apartment buildings going up all over Kooyong aren’t filling up with happy little liberal voters then. Sometimes jobs and growth can backfire on you I guess.

  6. Great media advice: she’s publicised something no one knew about, now she looks like a fool.

  7. Now I understand why I’m still waiting for the criminal prosecutions and divestments of the 1000’s of illegal foreign property owners. Prioritisation at its best.

    • (coffee | nose > keyboard)
      Pffffft!! Ahahahah!!
      You bastard! You owe me a new keyboard! 🙂

  8. It’s like these tools in social media management have never even heard of the Streisand effect.

    • drsmithyMEMBER

      In fairness most of them probably aren’t even old enough to have seen the South Park episode, let alone know what it was referring to.

      • I think Mecha-Streisand (1998) was just Parker and Stone ripping on her for the hell of it. The Streisand effect refers to her suing the photographer taking photos of coastal erosion and accidentally massively raising it profile, that was in 2003.

      • drsmithyMEMBER

        Had to go back and double check this, you’re right.

        I had it in my mind the episode referred to an earlier, similar issue. It kinda does, based on the wikipedia page for the episode, but not as dramatically as I was remembering.