Petition update

18,000 signatures and Anne Thériault joins the ban list for showing international solidarity

Celeste Liddle
Melbourne, Australia

Mar 16, 2016 — It's well overdue for another update on this. I'd like to thank all who have signed thus far and particularly the many online who have kept this issue alive. I can confirm that at this stage, my own ban has been limited, however this was not part of a broader reform of Facebook policy and people all over Facebook are still being banned for sharing this petition, my keynote and associated coverage of this issue. In my personal update statement (blackfeministranter.blogspot.com.au) of a couple of days ago, I noted that of the bans I ended up receiving, which were actually four in total, 2 were in reference to my keynote, 1 was in reference to a New Matilda article which covered the issue and actually contained a pixelated version of the photo, and one was for Daily Mail coverage. I am truly sorry people are still receiving bans and I hope this leads to some large reviews of Facebook policies regarding cultural imagery as well as protections from online bullying allowing people to run such targeted campaigns designed to silence Aboriginal people, women and other such marginalised groups.

Joining the list of banned people today was Anne Thériault from the Belle Jar (http://bellejar.ca/) who posted the photo in a show of international support. A number of members of my Facebook page also remain banned. I encourage people to continue sharing and signing this petition and speaking out about the bans on alternate platforms.

Finally, please see the clip below from 8MMM, which, as mentioned, was the source of similar banning last year. The time for action on this issue is well overdue.


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