Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 29th 2013 Contents Thousands of protesters are
demanding tougher action from
Facebook over posts that they say
More than 50,000 have tweeted
in support of the FBrape campaign
and around 5,000 have e-mailed
brands whose advertising appears
around the content.
The campaign focuses on content
that portrays rape and violence
against women positively. Facebook
has removed many examples already.
A separate petition online has gath-
ered more than 220,000 signatures.
The new campaign has been
organised by 40 women's groups and
individuals, including US-based
Women, Action and the Media
(WAM) and the Everyday Sexism
project, a UK-based Twitter feed that
encourages women to share inci-
dences of perceived sexism.
In an open letter to the social
media giant, the groups demand
"swift, comprehensive and effective
action addressing the representation
of rape and domestic violence on
Facebook" and say they are also ask-
ing Facebook users to contact com-
panies whose adverts appear around
the offending content.
Sky, American Express and Dove
beauty products are among the
The letter also lists examples of
material that the group feels is unac-
They include Facebook groups with
titles such as "This is why Indian
girls get raped" and individual
uploads of graphic photographs
showing abused women.
One image of a woman lying at
the foot of a flight of stairs is cap-
tioned "Next time, don't get preg-
Dove, a brand owned by Unilever,
said it was "most upset" by the
images, but both the brand and Face-
book said the examples given had
since been removed from the site.
"Dove takes this issue very seri-
ously and does not condone any
activity that intentionally insults any
audience," said global communica-
tions director Stacie Bright.
"We are working to refine our tar-
geting terms in case any further pages
like these are created. Facebook
advertising targets people's interests,
not pages, and we do not select the
pages our adverts appear on."
Both Bright and a spokesperson
for Facebook told the BBC that the
examples mentioned in the letter had
now been removed from the site.
"There is no place on Facebook for
hate speech or content that is threat-
ening, or incites violence, and we
will not tolerate material deemed to
be genuinely or directly harmful,"
said Facebook in a statement.
"We try to react quickly to remove
reported language or images that vio-
late our terms and we try to make
it very easy for people to report ques-
tionable content using links located
throughout the site."
The company added, however, that
not all material that some users might
consider to be "vulgar and distaste-
ful" actually violated its policies.
Laura Bates, founder of the Every-
day Sexism project, told the BBC the
campaign had been born out of
"sheer frustration" from a large num-
ber women who had tried to com-
plain about the material and had then
"Obviously it's difficult to mod-
erate a platform with one billion users
but it is disproportionately affecting
women," she said.
"Facebook does crack down on
issues like anti-Semitism and has
been praised for it but when they see
images of women being raped they
don't consider that to be a form of
"A lot of women are saying it's
preventing them from using Face-
The social network has previously
been taken to task for removing pic-
tures of women breastfeeding infants
and displaying their chests after mas-
tectomy operations, she added.
"I don't think you can use the
smokescreen of free speech when
you take down other images which
are often of women's bodies," said
She also said that the groups and
Facebook were "in communication"
and both were hoping for a resolution
as soon as possible. (BBC)
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, May 29, 2013
A view of an iPhone
in Washington, May
21, showing the
Twitter and Facebook
apps among others.
A new poll finds that
teens are sharing
themselves on social
media. They're also
to Twitter to avoid
their parents and the
they see on
Facebook. AP PHOTO
"Dove takes this issue very
seriously and does not condone
any activity that intentionally
insults any audience," said
global communications director
"We are working to refine our
targeting terms in case any
further pages like these are
created. Facebook advertising
targets people's interests, not
pages, and we do not select the
pages our adverts appear on."
---Dove, a brand owned by Unilever
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