High-profile female ABC anchor VANISHES from the airwaves and deletes her job title from her Twitter bio after she was caught out keeping a list of trolls under an offensive name
- Fauziah Ibrahim had two lists – ‘Labor Trolls/Thugs’ and ‘Lobotomised sh**heads’
- Those lists of Twitter users were easily accessible to members of the public
- Presenter was absent from ABC’s Weekend Breakfast with barely a reference
- She has also removed her ABC job title and cover photo from her Twitter bio
An ABC Weekend Breakfast presenter has disappeared from the airwaves after it was revealed she kept a long list of Labor ‘trolls’ on Twitter under offensive names.
Host Fauziah Ibrahim faced accusations of bias last week over two controversial lists on her personal Twitter account labelling critics ‘Labor Trolls/Thugs’ and ‘Lobotomised sh**heads’.
An ABC spokesman said that Ms Ibrahim has not been sacked – but is ‘taking a break’ from TV screens.
‘The ABC is reviewing recent social media activity by presenter Fauziah Ibrahim,’ the spokesman said.
Ms Ibrahim ‘has taken a break from on-camera duties but remains part of the Weekend Breakfast team.’
ABC presenter Fauziah Ibrahim (pictured) has vanished from the airwaves after two controversial lists on her personal Twitter account were revealed
Social media users, including a former Labor Senator, who found themselves grouped in the two lists – which were available for any member of the public to see – accused Ms Ibrahim of being anti-Labor.
When Daily Mail Australia contacted ABC at the time, a spokeswoman said: ‘This is a private Twitter account, not an ABC account.
‘We are investigating what has occurred.’
John Barron (pictured left, with co-host Johanna Nicholson) replaced Fauziah Ibrahim on ABC News Breakfast over the weekend with no mention of why Ms Ibrahim was not there
Ms Ibrahim was absent from the program at the weekend without explanation. There was only a single passing reference to her.
John Barron, who replaced her, said ‘It’s great to be here,’ to co-host Johanna Nicholson. ‘Usually I would be watching you and Fauziah.’
Ms Ibrahim has also removed any reference to ABC on her Twitter biography, including from her cover photo.
Daily Mail Australia has also sought comment from Ms Ibrahim about the developments.
Fauziah Ibrahim’s Twitter bio (pictured) used to make a very big deal out of her working for ABC
Fauziah Ibrahim’s Twitter bio (pictured) now makes no mention of ABC whatsoever, leading to questions about her status with the broadcaster
Though some on social media said Ms Ibrahim’s account must have been hacked, this does not appear to have been the case.
Former Labor Senator Doug Cameron was one of those on the list.
‘Thanks to those who alerted me I made the list of ‘lobotomised sh**heads’,’ he said.
Media commentator and former journalist Mike Carlton accused Ms Ibrahim of ‘trashing the ABC impartially and blowing her own credibility’ in a scathing tweet.
But there was some support for Ms Ibrahim on Monday morning, with one commenter saying her disappearance from the ABC was evidence of pro-Labor bias and that it was time to ‘defund ABC now’.
Last August ABC published guidelines for the personal use of social media by its staff.
This followed paid it paying journalist Louise Milligan’s personal legal costs of almost $200,000 after she was sued by federal MP Andrew Laming over a series of tweets.
The broadcaster’s new policy makes clear staff risk being losing their job if they compromise ABC’s independence or bring it into disrepute.
ABC paid journalist Louise Milligan’s (pictured) legal costs of almost $200,000 after she was sued by federal MP Andrew Laming over a series of tweets