South Yorkshire Police under fire for offensive Facebook messages

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South Yorkshire Police has been criticised for allowing offensive comments and threats on its Facebook page in the wake of the Rotherham child sex abuse scandal.

More than 1,000 comments, some of which include racist abuse, were posted on the force’s Facebook page in response to a message thanking the public for a ‘peaceful’ Muslim Youth demonstration.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “All social media activity is monitored and moderated. Any comment or post found to be offensive or racist, or any material deemed to breach legislation, will be investigated and the appropriate action taken.”