Facebook: Remove the "Should Miri Mogilevsky be murdered?" page
UPDATE: The page is gone from Facebook! I was cautious at first (fearing human intervention by Facebook), but since it has been down for several days, I think we can safely call this a victory. Thanks to all who signed and especially those that clicked "Report" on Facebook.
A Facebook user has created a page titled "Should Miri Mogilevsky be murdered?". This clearly constitutes a personal threat of violence and violates the Facebook TOS. While it claims to be an exercise of free speech, threats of violence are not protected speech, nor can they be made harmless by forming the threat as a question.
Miri is the author of the Brute Reason blog in the Free Thought Blogs network. As a feminist and atheist, she has certainly bothered and offended a few people. That's the normal state of things in the marketplace of ideas: not every idea is palateable to everyone.
However, in response to pervieved offense, at least one opponent of Miri's thinking has created a Facebook page titled in a fashion that muses about the justifiable murder of the blogger. This is a thinly veiled threat of violence, supposedly made "OK" by posing it as a question.
This is absurd. Hateful, murderous intent or instigation cannot be rendered harmless with the simple addition of a question mark.
In the Facebook Terms are included the instructions "You will not bully, intimidate, or harass any user" and "You will not post content that: is hate speech, threatening, or pornographic; incites violence; or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence". This page clearly violates both these terms.
Facebook should enforce their own TOS and remove the page.
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