Facebook: Stop Allowing Violent & Sexist Pages/Posts!
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Facebook: Stop Allowing Violent & Sexist Pages/Posts!

    1. Fay Heywood
    2. Petition by

      Fay Heywood

      Stafford, United Kingdom

I am becoming increasingly tired of violent/sexist and inappropriate content on facebook.   Even more frustrating is facebook’s refusal to remove reported pictures and posts which apparently do not ‘violate facebook’s policy on graphic violence/nudity’ etc.  

One recent example is a video of an innocent woman being brutally decapitated for the world to see. The video features men in balaclavas literally removing the head off a woman who is on her knees with her arms behind her back. Another example is that of a woman who was having her throat slit and being bled like an animal by a group of men. When reported, many people received a message saying ‘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 Policy on Graphic Violence’ – what?! If videos like this are not considered graphic violence, then what is? 

Facebook’s lackadaisical policies need to be amended, and content needs to be monitored more strictly.  Furthermore, facebooks acceptance of degrading sexism still continues - there are numerous pages displaying pictures of violence against women, rape ‘jokes’ and murder which are totally unacceptable. These pages often circulate for days, for thousands of people to see. 

Facebook already aggravated many users last year for refusing to remove a page entitled ‘dead baby jokes’. 

Despite the fact that this is appalling in its own right, many children now have access to social media and could be severely affected by some of the images they are bound to see. Ideally, facebook should at least offer a PG Policy for some of the content available.  

For this reason, I refuse to accept that posts should be allowed due to ‘freedom of speech’ and that women who are offended by blatant degrading rape jokes / pictures should ‘have a sense of humour’.  This behaviour seems to be normalised on facebook and is a worrying reflection of people’s views in society. 

If you feel the same way about Facebook, then please sign  & share!

 

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Mark Zuckerburg, CEO of Facebook
Facebook: Stop Allowing Violent & Sexist Pages/Posts!

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    1. Excellent article!

      Fay Heywood
      Petition Organizer
      An Open Letter to Facebook

      We, the undersigned, are writing to demand swift, comprehensive and effective action addressing the representation of rape and domestic violence on Facebook. Specifically, we call on you, Facebook, to take three actions: Recognize speech that trivializes or glorifies violence against girls and women as hate speech and make a commitment that you will not tolerate this content.

    2. Reached 250 signatures
    3. Reached 50 signatures
    4. Article on Facebook's huge misogony problem.

      Fay Heywood
      Petition Organizer
      Guest: The rise of sexism and misogyny in a Facebook era

      Originally published April 16, 2013 at 4:12 PM | Page modified April 17, 2013 at 11:24 AM A FACEBOOK page titled "Slut" has 581,845 likes. The term is used casually in teenage conversations both as a cutting insult and a term of endearment.

    5. Reached 25 signatures

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    • Lizzie Blowey YORK, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      Because Facebook persistently refuses to firstly patrol and secondly remove sexist, misogonist pages from its site and I think that is an absolute disgrace. It is a public site, openly available for young people to access extremely dangerous and offensive material. This. Needs. To. Stop.

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    • Zoe Webb BANGOR, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      There is an overabundance of Facebook pages full to the brim with racist, sexist, homophobic etc content disguised as "humour" which are a terrible influence, harass many people who've experienced similar situations for real and do not get taken down when reported.

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    • Lorraine Rodger HAMILTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      Saddened by the knowledge that these images/messages are in circulation and outraged by Facebook's lack of moderation.

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    • Fabiana Boi CAGLIARI, ITALY
      • about 1 year ago

      I've reporter various sexist and offensive images and people and Facebook didn't remove or block them. Although women breastfeeding are immediately removed.

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    • Danielle Sebire ST PETER PORT, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      Rape and violence are not acceptable. Nothing on face on facebook should condone them.

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