• Petitioned Mark Zuckerberg

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Mark Zuckerberg
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Stop Discrimination on Facebook!

    1. Eva Martone
    2. Petition by

      Eva Martone

      Urbana, IL

It recently came to the attention of many Facebook members that the site contains a group page titled, "Dont listen to the guy above me he has down syndrome". The page consists of images of individuals with Down syndrome, accompanied by disparaging phrases, such as "RETARDS Give them toy numchucks [sic] for X-mas and get the hell out of the way" and "This page is rated R for 'Retarded'".

In response, several members of Facebook reported the page as hate speech--discriminatory against individuals with disabilities. While the first people to report the page got no response from Facebook, after several days, an administrator responded to new reports, stating that the page did not breach the site's community standards. Here is the response that several Facebook users received:
"Hi,

Thanks for your recent report of a potential violation on Facebook. After reviewing your report, we were not able to confirm that the specific page you reported violates Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. 

Learn more about what we do and don't allow by reviewing the Facebook Community Standards: http://www.facebook.com/communitystandards.

Thanks,

Viki"

Within the community standards listed on the site, it is stated,
"Hate Speech
Facebook does not permit hate speech. While we encourage you to challenge ideas, institutions, events, and practices, it is a serious violation to attack a person based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or medical condition."

This page attacks individuals for having Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities.

Please join me in insisting that Facebook takes its standards seriously and removes this page.

 

If you would like to report the page but do not have a Facebook account, click here: https://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=221047557939568 

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    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. 250 Signatures!

      Eva Martone
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all for signing and sharing! In the past 24 hours, we've more than doubled the number of signatures! While we got off to a slow start, we seem to be picking up quite quickly! Please keep sharing!

    3. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • david brown DURHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      i have a nephew with downs, he needs my help and support not pointless, mindless abuse from people who don't know what they are talking about

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    • PETER ROBERTS GRIMSBY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      BECAUSE I HAVE A 2 YEAR OLD GRANDSON WITH SEVERE AUTISM AND OTHER PROBLEMS AND I HAVE NOTICED PEOPLE LOOK AT HIM AS IF HE IS AN ALIEN ( GOD BLESS THE THE IGNORANT)

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    • Rowan Haines BRIGHTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      FB- if people were using the same disparaging comments about people based on the colour of their skin or their religion, this site would have been taken down a long time ago.

      FB - get with the times and understand that this is not acceptable. My signature is on behalf of all the people that I work with, who wouldnt be able to make their feelings known about this disgusting practice of disability discrimination.

      The fact that FB is not taking this seriously makes me feel like taking myself elsewhere and not bothering to use facebook anymore.

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    • Natasha Dobbins EAGLE, NE
      • over 2 years ago

      For my SON!

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    • Tami Conklin HERNDON, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      That site is hate speech, pure and simple. I do not see how Facebook can possibly say that it is not.

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