Double standard

Facebook’s community standards allow promotion of violence against women, activist argues

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On Monday, Australian journalist and feminist activist Clementine Ford started a conversation about Facebook’s community standards when she tweeted that the site had refused to delete a graphic and offensive meme making light of domestic violence, even though she had been placed on a 30-day Facebook ban “because [she] told a man to f*** off” after he called her a “diseased whore.” The meme depicted a young woman with a blood running down her face, along with the caption: “He told me to make him a sandwich… I should have listened.”

Ford flagged the post for “annoying and distasteful humor,” but Facebook responded that while it wanted to ensure a “safe and welcoming environment” for the site’s users, the meme did not violate community standards and would remain on the site. Other users who reported the image received the same response, leading several to send additional feedback explaining that an environment where people post graphically violent images condoning domestic violence is not, in fact, “safe and welcoming” for women.

Facebook has faced criticism in the past for allowing users to circulate clips of beheadings, child abuse, and other violent content, despite a harsh policy on nudity and sexual content that bans all women’s nipples except in instances of breastfeeding.

Read the full story at Mic.

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