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Demand Facebook Remove Pages That Promote Sexual Violence
  • Petitioned Mark Zuckerberg

This petition was delivered to:

CEO, Facebook
Mark Zuckerberg
COO, Facebook
Sheryl Sandberg
PPCM, Facebook
Andrew Noyes

Demand Facebook Remove Pages That Promote Sexual Violence

    1. Petition by

      John Raines

      Ocala, FL

The following are actual pages on Facebook: “Kicking Sluts in the Vagina,” “I know a silly little bitch that needs a good slap,” and “Riding your Girlfriend softly, Cause you dont want to wake her up.” These clearly are in violation of Facebook's own policies and need to be removed.

Facebook’s own Terms of Service prohibit content that is “hateful, threatening,” or contains “graphic or gratuitous violence” Moreover, users are specifically barred from posting content that aims to “bully, intimidate, or harass” any user.

Facebook could and should do more to stop them from popping up in the first place and to swiftly remove those that do exist. First, Facebook needs to clarify that pages that encourage or condone rape --like the ones mentioned above-- are in violation of their existing standards. Secondly, they need to make a statement that all pages that describe sexual violence in a threatening way will be immediately taken down upon being reported. Finally, Facebook must include specific language in their Terms of Service that make it clear that pages promoting any form of sexual violence will be banned.

Demand that Facebook took a stronger stand in enforcing its own policies and stop promoting rape and rape culture.

Click on 'petition activity' to see examples of the Facebook pages that promote rape and violence.

UPDATE: Facebook has deleted many of these pages following pressure from this campaign, but they'll still failed to make a public statement against pro-rape pages or permanent changes to their terms of use, and new pages are already popping up.

Organizers have a list of four demands in response:

1. Make a public statement that rape is never acceptable; that promoting sexual violence and violence against women is repugnant; that Facebook will remove content that advocates rape, sexual violence, and violence against women; and that the terms of service/community standards will be updated to specify this.

2. Address in a public statement that the previous “pub joke” defense was poorly stated, explaining that alleging humour does not give a free pass to promote any hate content; that Facebook does not consider promoting violence against women or sexual assault to be a joke or funny; and that such content will be held to the same standard as any violence against any other group or individual.

3. Be transparent about the content monitoring process; to state publicly if and how many pages are removed that promote sexual violence or violence against women; and to establish relationships with experts in sexual violence and violence against women who will help identify content that needs to be removed.

4. Update its terms of service/community standards to specify that: “Content earnestly promoting violence against women or sexual violence violates Facebook’s terms of use and will accordingly be removed whenever reported.” In addition to the internal reporting system, provide a public contact email for users to register complaints about content that violates the terms of service/community standards, that will acknowledge receipt and respond with a decision on whether or not to remove.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Decision-maker Sheryl Sandberg responds:

      Sheryl Sandberg

      Hello!


    2. Decision-maker Sheryl Sandberg responds:

      Sheryl Sandberg

      Thank you so much for being in touch with me regarding your concern about content that promotes gender-based hate on Facebook. You can learn more about the steps we are taking to address this here: https://www.facebook.com/fbsafety/notes...


    3. Reached 200,000 signatures
    4. Facebook Censors Cupcakes!

      Alex DiBranco
      Petition Organiser

      The picture below is a delightful and humourous celebration of women’s anatomy. It’s been posted all over the ‘net, including multiple Facebook pages — including mine. But this morning it was gone! And it’s gone from every other Facebook page I know of that had posted it.

      Facebook stole the cupcakes!

      Yet, countless Facebook pages continue to be littered with content that celebrates rape as humor. If you want to post rape jokes on public Facebook pages, all you have to do is label them as “humor” or “satire“ and you can rap on rape to your heart’s content. Search for “You know she’s playing hard to get when” and you’ll see that Facebook’s policy is worth bupkis.

      So, Facebook allows the persistent presence of public content that assaults women’s anatomy, but it censors content that celebrates women’s anatomy.

    5. How Facebook Can Really Help Women Connect

      Alex DiBranco
      Petition Organiser

      Facebook recently launched a "Women Connect" app, calling it "an online platform for organizations and causes to connect and share information with supporters about issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment.” Apparently, it's a part of...

    6. Over It

      Roxann MtJoy
      Petition Organiser

      Playwright and activist Eve Ensler writes on the Huffington Post about Facebook's slow response to rape pages.

    7. Coverage by Ms. Magazine

      Alex DiBranco
      Petition Organiser

      Ms. Magazine reports on Day of Action against Facebook Rape Jokes!

    8. #notfunnyfacebook campaign on ABC News

      Alex DiBranco
      Petition Organiser

      The #notfunnyfacebook campaign was a major success -- supporters were tweeting the hastag at a peak rate of 200 tweets/hour! The action day even made it onto ABC News.

    9. Today Is the #notfunnyfacebook Twitter Action Day

      Alex DiBranco
      Petition Organiser

      Over 180,000 of you have petitioned Facebook asking for the removal of pages advocating sexual violence and violence against women, signing your name to a campaign launched by Florida activist John Raines. You've pointed out that Facebook's own Terms...

    10. Reached 150,000 signatures
    11. Facebook Page: Punching Pregnant Women in the Stomach

      Shelby Knox
      Senior Campaigner

      Violence. For violence sake. Otherwise known in Facebook's Terms of Use as "gratuitous violence," which is supposedly prohibited.

    12. Facebook Page: Violence Against Women

      Shelby Knox
      Senior Campaigner

      Page Title: Don't You Hate it When You Punch a Slut in the Mouth and They Suck It. Likes: 2,086

    13. Facebook Page: Riding You Girlfriend Soflty So She Doesn't Wake Up

      Shelby Knox
      Senior Campaigner

      One example of a page that promotes sex with a sleeping person, otherwise known as rape.

    14. Reached 4,000 signatures
    15. Facebook: Gathering Place for Sadists and Predators

      Shelby Knox
      Senior Campaigner

      With 750 million users worldwide, Facebook is the second-most popular internet site. While most of those people use the site to do things like reconnect with long lost high school friends, share interesting cat videos, and post dinner plans, others...

    16. Reached 1,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • sarah Nicholls LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      Violence against women is not acceptable, ever.

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    • kevin johns AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 year ago

      Facebook's success comes with an enormous social responsibility that i believe is not fully grasped by the people who run the business. I would like to see a much more proactive stance from Facebook on this issue and others – such as the dreadful beheading videos scandal.

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    • Jeannie Vuong ALHAMBRA, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      We need to stop violence against humans, especially women since they are often targeted in the media. The tolerance of these pages promotes violence and minimizes the issue. These ideals ultimately convey that it's okay to hurt another person against his/her will.

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    • Jacqueline Pace AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 year ago

      Posts of this nature are not just in bad taste - they incite violence towards women. How long will it take for a man to claim in court that he bashed or raped a woman because Facebook told him this was acceptable behaviour? Facebook are leaving themselves open to a legal battle by continuing to allow this content.

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    • Heike Albrecht WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND
      • about 1 year ago

      There is never a reason to portrait women in a demeaning way.

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