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Facebook: Review Community Standards so that "humorous" racist posts are not allowed

    1. Wainelle Alleyne-Jones
    2. Petition by

      Wainelle Alleyne-Jones

      Oistins, Barbados

Facebook says it does not permit hate speech, but distinguishes between serious and humorous speech. Once racism is therefore phrased as a joke it therefore is allowed. The page "Laughing so hard you feel a six pack coming on" shows several images with written text that "jokingly" demean Blacks and Asians.

Here are two examples:



Facebook refuses to take them down for the reason that they constitute "humorous speech" in spite of several reports. Please sign this petition to force Facebook to acknowledge that this is indeed hate, and hate isn't funny even if said in a "joke". Their Community Standards need to be amended.

Please review Community Standards so that "humorous" racist posts are not allowed.

[Your name]

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. Facebook removes offensive images but is it enough?

      Wainelle Alleyne-Jones
      Petition Organizer

      Facebook, after continued pressure, had "its User Operations team review the page in greater detail" and the images highlighted in this petition have been removed. Is it enough though? How many other pages on Facebook are allowed to do the same thing? A small victory, but until Facebook reviews and amends their Community Standards to make sure racism is not tolerated, please keep signing and sharing this petition with friends. Thank you!

    3. A Weak Response from Facebook (Part Two)

      Wainelle Alleyne-Jones
      Petition Organizer

      Facebook response continued:

      "We seek to prohibit such attacks while giving people the opportunity to use language - even when highly offensive - to express their opinions, tell jokes, and engage in other activities that we believe do not represent direct threats of harm. When evaluating speech on Facebook, we analyze the nature of the speech itself, as well as its perceived intent as indicated by any additional context we may have. We believe this additional information is important, since identical words may be hateful in one context, or off-color attempts at humor in another (such as with stand-up comedy). If we believe that a page was created to attack a protected group, we will remove it immediately. Our goal is to eliminate such attacks while still preserving freedom of expression."

    4. A Weak Response from Facebook (Part One)

      Wainelle Alleyne-Jones
      Petition Organizer

      The co-founder of a widely read political blog took the fight directly to Facebook. The response was more of the same and it's clear Facebook won't change their community standards without serious pressure. The following comes from a Facebook spokesperson and is split in two posts because of length restrictions:

      "We prohibit content we deem to be genuinely harmful, but allow content that is offensive or controversial. Harmful content is generally defined as that which leads to or organizes real world violence, theft, or property destruction; that which intentionally and directly inflicts emotional distress on a specific private individual; and that which is broadly illegal. A list of prohibited categories of content can be found in our Community Standards document (http://www.facebook.com/communitystandards)..." Continued in Part Two

    5. Reached 500 signatures
    6. Clutch Magazine Reports on Facebook's Refusal to Remove Racist Pictures

      Wainelle Alleyne-Jones
      Petition Organizer

      Clutch Magazine has highlighted this story and is helping to raise awareness of Facebook's weak Community Standards as it relates to racism veiled by humor.


      Facebook Refuses To Remove Racist "Black Baby As Chimp" Post

      Imagine logging onto Facebook and seeing an offensive picture, likening a black child to a monkey, pass through your news feed. Several users had that experience this week when a Facebook page "Laughing so hard you feel a six pack coming on" posted the above photo.

    7. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Sharon Ingraham EDMONTON, CANADA
      • 9 months ago

      Because racism is racism and it's never humorous.

      • 9 months ago

      Humour can hurt especially if cruel and hateful. Bullies excuse is always it was just a joke. Racism can not be excused by claiming it is funny

    • Eugene Engelbrecht JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
      • 10 months ago

      Facebook constantly allows people that "jokingly" or openly promote hatred to get away with murder - literally. I have seen the consequences of hatred in other people's lives where I live and in other countries and I have experienced these. It amazes me that Facbeook is more interested in rushing to ban nude artworks than it is in protecting human life.

    • Bee Thao WARREN, MI
      • 10 months ago

      Someone I went to high school with has his photo uploaded with a 'humor' remark. I already reported the photo but was given a "photo not taken down" by facebook.

    • Donna Holland NEWARK, NJ
      • about 1 year ago

      It does not matter whether someone says something in a joke or not! If the joke is racist and portrays bad judgement in ones charactor...take that crap off of your site! Why is a petition needed in order for you to do what's right! You have a responsibility FB to mandate that for humanity's sake! Wake the hell up and do what's right!


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