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Petitioning HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN and 35 others

Demand For Facebook's Response To Cyber-Bullying On Their Pages

Cyber-bullying on Facebook continues to an extreme degree. This petition seeks a response from Facebook regarding actions that they plan to take in order to prevent cyber-bullying and illegal activity on their pages. The undersigned also request a response from Facebook regarding why they have allowed activity for over a month which violated their terms of service on an event page titled: RIP: In memory of the recent suicides due to gay abuse, wear purple.

The most recent case of cyber-bullying and illegal activity on Facebook involved a memorial page for the young boys who lost their lives to suicide due to anti-gay bullying. The page quickly turned into a virtual grave desecration and platform condoning gay teen suicide and the murdering of homosexuals. Photos were posted of executed homosexuals, desecrated photos of the boys who died and supposed snuff photos of gays who have been murdered. Along with this were thousands of comments encouraging murder sprees against gays, encouragement of gay teen suicide, death threats etc. In addition, the page continually exhibited pornography to minors.

Facebook is known to promptly remove photos depicting artistic nudity, yet despite countless requests and abuse reports, they have allowed and continue to allow these pages to operate.

For a detailed report on this issue, please see this article by Tamara Holder: Inside Facebook's Dark And Violent Alleys

We believe that Facebook must be held accountable for cyber-bulling and illegal activity which occurs on their pages.

On October 13th, according to GLAAD, which contacted Facebook after receiving more than 1,800 letters via this petition, Facebook announced that new measures have been adopted to respond more quickly to hate speech and to monitor activity. However, graphic photos and hate speech continue. Again, we are asking that Facebook do more than pay lip-service to this growing problem.

Please take 10 seconds to sign the online petition below. Doing so will send an email to Facebook executives, media outlets, GLBT and human rights groups.

 



Letter to
HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN
Gay/Straight Alliance Network
Adam Bouska
and 33 others
Barney Frank
Neil Giulano
Anti Violence Project
Danielle Egnew
Cleve Jones
Rev. Troy D. Perry
Rainbow Law
Jacob Appel
Anti Violence Project Robert Skylar
Cheryle Jacques
Grethe Cammermeyer
Sarah Schulmann
Mike Signorile
Richard Socarides
GLAAD
The Washington Blade Lynne Browne
Perez Hilton
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Rachel Maddow
ABC (20/20)
GLAAD (Andrew Bass)
NBC Today
Dan Savage
Facebook VP of Global Communications, Marketing and Public Policy Elliot Schrage
The Advocate
National Gay & Lesbian Task Force
EndHomophobia.org
San Francisco Examiner
The Boston Globe
The Boston Herald
NY Daily News
Out Magazine
Governor Gavin Newsom
I am contacting you via a petition which seeks a response from Facebook regarding cyber-bullying and illegal activity on their pages. We are requesting a response from Facebook regarding why they allowed activity for over a month which violated their terms of service on an event page titled: RIP: In Memory Of The Recent Suicides Due To Gay Abuse, Wear Purple. Facebook has not yet responded as to why they allowed this activity for over a month, when they were aware of the page as the most "attended" event page on Facebook. In addition to this particular situation, we seek to address all cyber-bullying on Facebook; a situation which has been accelerating in recent months.

For an in-depth report on this issue, please see the following article by Tamara Holder: Inside Facebook's Dark And Violent Alleys: http://dailycaller.com/2010/11/09/inside-facebooks-dark-and-violent-alleys/

The most recent case of cyber-bullying and illegal activity on Facebook involved a memorial page for the young boys who lost their lives to suicide due to anti-gay bullying. The page quickly turned into a virtual grave desecration and platform condoning gay teen suicide and the murdering of homosexuals. Photos were posted of executed homosexuals, desecrated photos of the boys who died and supposed snuff photos of gays who have been murdered. Along with this were thousands of comments encouraging murder sprees against gays, encouragement of gay teen suicide, death threats etc. In addition, the page continually exhibited pornography to minors.

We believe that Facebook must be held accountable for cyber-bulling and illegal activity which occurs on their pages.

On October 13th, according to GLAAD, which contacted Facebook after receiving more than 1,800 letters via this petition, Facebook announced that new measures have been adopted to respond more quickly to hate speech and to monitor activity. However, graphic photos and hate speech continue. Again, we are asking that Facebook do more than pay lip-service to this growing problem.

We demand to know why Facebook is violating their own Terms Of Service. Facebook’s Terms of Service clearly state: "You will not post content that: is hateful, threatening, or pornographic; incites violence; or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence."

We believe that Facebook owes an apology to the families of the boys of the memorial page as well as the entire gay community for allowing the memorial page to be desecrated by anti-gay hate speech, encouragement of violence, the posting of violent images encouraging the murder of homosexuals and the non-stop posting of pornographic photographs on a page accessible by children.

I am signing this petition and sending this letter to invite you to respond to this issue.