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Petitioning Facebook Joel Kaplan, Chief of Public Policy

Facebook: Change the Facebook Community Standards for Disability Hate Speech

To Facebook's Public Policy Team:

Facebook needs to engage in meaningful discussion about hate speech against people with disabilities.  The scale of crimes against people with disabilities, as well as suicides by people with disabilities, is escalating and fostered by hate speech and photos posted on Facebook, which are currently categorized as merely "humorous" even when reported as hate speech by disability advocates.  Facebook needs to review its Community Standards with disability advocates in a face-to-face meeting and publicize the results of the discussions.  This is a matter of public policy in that Facebook's direction on this issue can guide global policy on hate speech and disability.  Facebook, be a global leader on hate speech against people with disabilities by learning that much of what is now simply perceived as "humor" involving people with disabilities needs to be reframed as hate speech.

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