Facebook Accused of Promoting 'Rape Culture'

by Thilaka Ravi on  October 4, 2011 at 10:43 AM Sexual Health News   - G J E 4
British and American women's rights activists have accused Facebook of promoting rape and "rape culture".

The claims came after the social networking site refused to remove pages featuring jokes and apparent confessions of sexual assault posted by users.
Facebook Accused of Promoting 'Rape Culture'
Facebook Accused of Promoting 'Rape Culture'

More than 3,600 people in the UK and 175,000 in the US have signed the petition titled "demand Facebook remove pages that promote sexual violence" set up on US website, to get sites like "You know she's playing hard to get when you're chasing her down an alley" removed.

"Facebook's own Terms of Service prohibit content that is 'hateful, threatening', or contains 'graphic or gratuitous violence'," the Daily Mail quoted the petition as saying.

"Moreover, users are specifically barred from posting content that aims to 'bully, intimidate, or harass' any user.

"Facebook needs to clarify that pages that encourage or condone rape - like the ones mentioned - are in violation of their existing standards," it stated.

According to the Guardian, campaigners, who have raised their voice again such site, claim that they found such pages disturbing.

"This is hate speech, I find it very disturbing that Facebook don't appear to see the connection between pages such as this and the prevailing rape culture we have in our society," Jane Osmond, who campaigned on behalf of the UK petition, added.

Source: ANI

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My Name is Bonnie McCrimmon. I have been involved in a project with some friends to try and get Facebook to change it's policy on promoting the rape of women. That's what Facebook does. We fought with Facebook to get a page up with the words "Dear Facebook: Rape is not A joke". They banned us from doing that. We got an IT person who has written some Canadian social media engines and he helped us create an innocuous title that did not slam Facebook and then we got our desired URL and put our message into graphics which the Facebook's Bots can't read. Please help us change Facebook, because Rape Is Not A Joke!
BonnieMcCrimmon Wednesday, October 5, 2011

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