Respect People's Dignities: Ban FB Groups that Promote Sexual Harassment
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Social media has been and is indeed an efficacious platform for personal representation and connecting with other social beings like ourselves; however, despite it's effectiveness in bridging people together, it is in some ways misused. Social media provides all of us 'freedom' and a sense of anonymity that is unfortunately abused by people to sexually harass those they deem weaker. Sexual Harassment online–where people, both male and female, are objectified and are reduced to nothing but sexual pleasures–torments victims, leaving them feeling vulnerable and helpless, causing irreversible damage to their emotional well being.
Anyone could be a victim of sexual harassment in social media. They could be someone who just posted a somewhat revealing picture of herself/himself or even an unknowing person who has his/her photo used without consent in malicious sites. This may be someone very close and it could even be you.
Citing data from the Foundation for Media Alternatives (http://newsbytes.ph/2017/02/21/hontiveros-says-social-media-now-venue-for-harassment-violence/), there have been 160 cases of online violence, most of them in the National Capital Region. Many of the victims are young people who use social media as their primary outlet of expression. These attacks have the effect of silencing this expression, and contributing to a culture of misogyny and hate. Filipino youth are the biggest consumers of the Internet, with six out of ten aged 15-24 being regular Internet users, and 78% having mobile phones. Currently, there are 47 million active Facebook accounts in the Philippines.
We would like for Facebook's Community Standards to openly acknowledge and commit to its stance AGAINST sexual harassment and threats of sexual violence, and to reflect this sentiment in its Reporting options.
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