Porn images posted on MBS' Facebook page

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Pornographic images were posted on Marina Bay Sands' (MBS') official Facebook page on Tuesday night.

The integrated resort (IR) said that the pictures, uploaded by a Facebook user, were removed within 20 minutes by the social media administrator monitoring the site, Today reported.

This is the second such incident involving an IR after Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) claimed that an animal welfare group had launched a "cyber attack" against it earlier this month over its dolphin attraction.

In a statement released on Wednesday and posted on its Facebook wall, MBS said that it has banned the user from future postings on its page.

A spokesperson also added, "While we strive to keep discussions and postings open, we will not hesitate to remove content that is offensive, threatening, incites violence or contains nudity and (we will) report any inappropriate posting to the authorities.

"Keeping with the open nature of the Internet and in the spirit of Facebook we will continue to welcome sharing on our Facebook wall from our growing community of fans."

The IR intends to work with Facebook and "necessary partners" to explore ways on preventing such occurrences again while still allowing their users to share content.

Organisational strategist Manoj Sharma said, "When it comes to social media for organisations initially embarking on it, it will be a case of 'possibly damned when you get started and definitely damned if you don't get started', because the rule of social media is 'you either create the conversation or the conversation will recreate you'."

In RWS' case, it had to disable fan postings temporarily on its Facebook page as it faced a flood of postings from animal welfare activists wanting the IR to release their dolphins.

Asia PR Werkz's Cho Pei Lin said, "Organisations should consider sitting down with the management to work out a flow chart or a standard operating procedure about what they should do if people post comments on these platforms."

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