It recently came to the attention of many Facebook members that the site contains a group page titled, "Dont listen to the guy above me he has down syndrome". The page consists of images of individuals with Down syndrome, accompanied by disparaging phrases, such as "RETARDS Give them toy numchucks [sic] for X-mas and get the hell out of the way" and "This page is rated R for 'Retarded'".
In response, several members of Facebook reported the page as hate speech--discriminatory against individuals with disabilities. While the first people to report the page got no response from Facebook, after several days, an administrator responded to new reports, stating that the page did not breach the site's community standards. Here is the response that several Facebook users received:
Thanks for your recent report of a potential violation on Facebook. After reviewing your report, we were not able to confirm that the specific page you reported violates Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.
Learn more about what we do and don't allow by reviewing the Facebook Community Standards: http://www.facebook.com/communitystandards.
Within the community standards listed on the site, it is stated,
Facebook does not permit hate speech. While we encourage you to challenge ideas, institutions, events, and practices, it is a serious violation to attack a person based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or medical condition."
This page attacks individuals for having Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities.
Please join me in insisting that Facebook takes its standards seriously and removes this page.
If you would like to report the page but do not have a Facebook account, click here: https://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=221047557939568
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