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.
Joel Kaplan, Chief of Public Policy
You have the power to tell Washington and the world that there needs to be a new understanding of disability hate speech. What has to this day been accepted as simply "humor" involving people with disabilities in fact fosters bullying, murder and suicide. To begin solving this problem, I ask you to arrange a meeting between Facebook decision makers and members of the disability advocacy community, such as the National Disability Leadership Alliance and Self Advocates Becoming Empowered. The meeting should discuss a possible revision of Facebook's Community Standards regarding disability and hate speech. The results of this meeting should be made public so that people with disabilities, our families and friends, can understand Facebook's real position on disability as a civil rights protected group.
Please take action asap to meet with disability advocates on this matter.
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