• Petitioned Joel Kaplan, Chief of Public Policy

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Joel Kaplan, Chief of Public Policy

Facebook: Change the Facebook Community Standards for Disability Hate Speech

    1. Amber Smock
    2. Petition by

      Amber Smock

      Chicago, IL

To Facebook's Public Policy Team:

Facebook needs to engage in meaningful discussion about hate speech against people with disabilities.  The scale of crimes against people with disabilities, as well as suicides by people with disabilities, is escalating and fostered by hate speech and photos posted on Facebook, which are currently categorized as merely "humorous" even when reported as hate speech by disability advocates.  Facebook needs to review its Community Standards with disability advocates in a face-to-face meeting and publicize the results of the discussions.  This is a matter of public policy in that Facebook's direction on this issue can guide global policy on hate speech and disability.  Facebook, be a global leader on hate speech against people with disabilities by learning that much of what is now simply perceived as "humor" involving people with disabilities needs to be reframed as hate speech.

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    • Pippa Harris CHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 2 months ago

      My friend received several abusive messages

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    • Susan Fitzmaurice WEST BLOOMFIELD, MI
      • 6 months ago

      I have tried to get Facebook and other online entities to take hate speech against people with disabilities seriously to no avail. I have suggested that the AP has policies in place regarding language and people with disabilities that would be easy to adopt and would be a good starting place. This is so important to so many people. The hateful speech promulgated on Facebook spills over into our daily lives.

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    • Shirley Cook AUSTRALIA
      • 8 months ago

      I am disabled, and facebook refuse to do antthing about the employees/associates of a business attacking me as a result of a discrimination case. They always say the attacks on me, including naming me and their business, and false accusations of crime "do not violate their terms of use"

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    • Jenna Ward UTICA, NY
      • 10 months ago

      This is not acceptable! I work for software company that works with home and healthcare agencies.

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    • LOVE SANCHEZ-SUAREZ ROCK HILL, SC
      • 11 months ago

      people are still being denied human rights because of real or perceived disability. these words and attitudes still matter because people are still being oppressed.

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