Facebook to review & change its homophobic 'Community Standards'
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I am amongst the many people who are incredibly frustrated by Facebook's inability to tackle homophobic hate speech. Unlike racist hate speech, if you flag any homophobic comments you will be met with:
"We've looked over the comment, and although it doesn't go against any of our specific Community Standards, we understand that it may still be offensive to you and others. No one should have to see comments or posts that they consider hateful on Facebook, so we want to help you avoid things like this in the future."
Facebook needs to take a serious look at just how hypocritical the above statement is. How can they possibly say that they recognise that these statements are hateful, yet state that they do not go against specific Community Standards?
Facebook gives you the option to either block, unfriend or unfollow the person responsible, in order to provide a comprehensive solution. I'm not sure why they think that we're already friends with these types of people.
They then tell you to consider using Facebook to speak out and educate the community around you. Facebook suggests that it's our responsibility when it comes to homophobia. But not any other recognised form of discrimination.
Facebook needs to take responsibility for addressing homophobic hate speech. It is simply not good enough for them to continue viewing this as a grey area.
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