Facebook AND Instagram: Please adopt Twitter's strong stance against Transphobia!
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Facebook and Instagram have long been platforms that gender non-binary, gender diverse and transgender individuals have used to stay connected with each other, seek support, and keep up to date with current affairs affecting the gender diverse community.
Recently, social media platform Twitter has strengthened its protections of gender diverse people using their platform by updating their terms of service. They have effectively banned misgendering, dead-naming, and other forms of abuse against gender diverse individuals on their platform.
A new section of Twitter's terms of service reads: "We prohibit targeting individuals with repeated slurs, tropes or other content that intends to dehumanise, degrade or reinforce negative or harmful stereotypes about a protected category.
"This includes targeted misgendering or deadnaming of transgender individuals."
This has made the platform a safer place for gender diverse users, who experience disproportionately high levels of abuse online, and made it a lot less likely that they will be negatively impacted by such harassment.
We call on Facebook and Instagram to either match or exceed this level of progress. Currently, users who report such abuses are often met with silence. Many social commentators, online media outlets and politicians also use these platforms to bait the gender diverse community, pages and profiles exist which act as a "dog-whistle" to attract users who enjoy expressing anti-transgender sentiments. Some political parties use the platforms for gathering community support for transphobic legislation. We ask that Facebook and Instagram pay greater attention to such incitements of transphobia, and prevent their platform from being used for this purpose.
EDIT: Added Instagram to the petition. This petition had always been intended to be updated as feedback was given by the gender diverse community, so that it could better reflect the struggle we fight against using social media platforms every day.
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