FACEBOOK has been forced to take down a page portraying Aborigines as drunks who sniff petrol and scam on welfare.
The social networking site also confirmed it is in discussion with the Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner although parts of a statement issued by the company as it removed the page were unapologetic.
Facebook was forced to make a turnaround after the page caused outrage and resulted in campaigns for its removal.
"We recognise the public concern that controversial meme Pages that Australians have created on Facebook have caused,'' the company said in a statement.
"We believe that sharing information, and the openness that results, invites conversation, debate and greater understanding.
"At the same time, we recognise that some content that is shared may be controversial, offensive, or even illegal in some countries.''
Facebook had earlier refused to remove the page describing it as "controversial humour".