Facebook: Remove the "Should Miri Mogilevsky be murdered?" page

Facebook: Remove the "Should Miri Mogilevsky be murdered?" page

    1. Kyle VanderBeek
    2. Petition by

      Kyle VanderBeek

      San Francisco, United States

October 2013


From Kyle VanderBeek: After creating this petition as a follow up to a blog post by the Skepchicks, people signed as well as reported the page as abuse to Facebook. The page has been down for several days. I call it victory!

UPDATE: The page is gone from Facebook! I was cautious at first (fearing human intervention by Facebook), but since it has been down for several days, I think we can safely call this a victory. Thanks to all who signed and especially those that clicked "Report" on Facebook.

A Facebook user has created a page titled "Should Miri Mogilevsky be murdered?". This clearly constitutes a personal threat of violence and violates the Facebook TOS. While it claims to be an exercise of free speech, threats of violence are not protected speech, nor can they be made harmless by forming the threat as a question.

Miri is the author of the Brute Reason blog in the Free Thought Blogs network. As a feminist and atheist, she has certainly bothered and offended a few people. That's the normal state of things in the marketplace of ideas: not every idea is palateable to everyone.

However, in response to pervieved offense, at least one opponent of Miri's thinking has created a Facebook page titled in a fashion that muses about the justifiable murder of the blogger. This is a thinly veiled threat of violence, supposedly made "OK" by posing it as a question.

This is absurd. Hateful, murderous intent or instigation cannot be rendered harmless with the simple addition of a question mark.

In the Facebook Terms are included the instructions "You will not bully, intimidate, or harass any user" and "You will not post content that: is hate speech, threatening, or pornographic; incites violence; or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence". This page clearly violates both these terms.

Facebook should enforce their own TOS and remove the page.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. Page removed, but it's not over

      Kyle VanderBeek
      Principal Engineer

      Visiting the page now redirects to the Facebook home page. This is a great sign!
      However, since this may be the result of automated systems reacting to a wash of complaints, the fight isn't over. Previously, as reported by several people, Facebook has denied complaints and asserted that it does not violate their TOS.
      I'm leaving this petition open until we are more certain that the page is down and will stay down.

    3. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Ophelia Niccals ARGENTINA
      • 9 months ago

      Miri has reported this page and facebook answerd that this ISN'T harassment, but they're LITERALLY someone to kill herself. Isn't that harassment?

      Having a different opinion it's okay, talking about your opinion it's okay, we all the right to talk freely about what we think, but it's not ookay to tell someone to kill itself just 'cause you don't agree with what they think! So, if that's no harassment, what is it?

    • Julie Powers PLYMOUTH, CT
      • 9 months ago

      Free speech does not include threatening someone's life.

    • Megan Bolich GRAND RAPIDS, MI
      • 9 months ago

      Facebook won't allow pictures of breastfeeding mothers, but it allows pages advocating the murder of skeptic feminists? Death threats and language meant to incite violence/crime are not protected free speech.

    • Tammy Cook HAMMONDSPORT, NY
      • 9 months ago

      It is happening to my sister too.

    • Robert Thompson BLACKSBURG, VA
      • 9 months ago

      This is just plain horrendous and completely wrong for Facebook to defend this in any way.


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