#FBRape Asking Companies To Pull Ads On Facebook From Pages That Endorse Rape

You may have been seeing #FBRape floating around Twitter lately, and you’re probably wondering what’s going on. Well, a group called Women, Action & The Media (WAM!) has teamed up with Everyday Sexism to started an online campaign in an effort to get companies to remove their ads from offensive Facebook groups and pages in order to get Facebook to change their policies. Facebook currently allows pages that support and endorse rape, domestic violence, hate crimes and more.

Some examples of these horrible pages include, “Join if you think all sluts need a good kick in the guts haha!!!!!!” and “Violently Raping Your Friend Just for Laughs,” and others that I can’t even repeat.

WAM’s official page states that “Facebook has long allowed content endorsing violence against women. They claim that these pages fall under the ‘humor’ part of their guidelines, or are expressions of ‘free speech.’ But Facebook has proven willing to crack down on other forms of hate speech, including anti-Semitic, Islamophobic and homophobic speech, without claiming such exemptions.”

WAM wrote an open letter to Facebook and is asking companies to remove their advertisements from the site until Facebook agrees to remove such content.

The movement is hoping to achieve three things:

“1. Recognize speech that trivializes or glorifies violence against girls and women as hate speech and make a commitment that you will not tolerate this content.

2. Effectively train moderators to recognize and remove gender-based hate speech.

3. Effectively train moderators to understand how online harassment differently affects women and men, in part due to the real-world pandemic of violence against women.”

WAM! hopes that by getting advertisers to pull their ads, Facebook will actually make a change. Currently, several companies have pulled their ads while others claim they are working privately with Facebook to resolve the issue. WAM! is asking those in support of the movement to reach out to these companies and ask for their help, which seems to be working.

According to the Daily Mail, a spokesperson for Facebook said “Facebook’s policy is that removing all offensive content or controversial humor from its site is not the solution to combating ignorance. Having the freedom to debate serious issues like this is how we fight prejudice. Facebook looks to give people the freedom to describe, depict and comment on the world in which we live.”

Facebook is claiming freedom of speech, but freedom of speech does not protect obscenity, which these groups fall into.

WAM! posted an update today on Twitter:

I think this is so huge that companies are actually listening. I knew that there were some offensive pages floating around on Facebook, but I had no idea there were so many. It’s frankly quite disgusting that they exist. I’m all for freedom of speech, but I’m for freedom of protected speech. The idea that there are people out there in support of rape or domestic violence, or any violence, makes me sick.

Laura Bates from Everyday Sexism stated, “What is needed is for Facebook to change its policy on representations of rape and domestic violence not sporadically take down pages in response to media pressure while their policies mean such content could be reposted in the future.” The #FBRape movement has posted a petition on Change.org that hopefully will get enough signatures to make a more permanent solution.

What do you think about the #FBRape movement? Do you think Facebook should remove these pages? Tell us in the comments!
 

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  • nbrown

    please dont leave men out of the window for possible victims.. it may not seem like a huge ordeal but the rape of men (especially young men) isnt unheard of. much respect to WAM! and what theyre doing as well

  • LYNDA

    IT DISGUSTS ME. VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN SHOULD BE CONSIDERED A HATE CRIME. FACEBOOK SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMESELVES FOR ALLOWING THIS FILTH. THE CEO HAS A MOTHER FOR CRYING OUT LOUD AND ONE DAY MAY HAVE A DAUGHTER. IS HE EVEN CONSIDERING HOW THEY AS WOMEN MAY FEEL? THIS WOULDN’T BE ALLOWED IF IT WERE A LYNCHING OF A BLACK MAN ON A BURNING CROSS, OR A BRUTAL CASTRATION OF A GAY MAN BECAUSE OF HIS SEXUAL ORIENTATION. NO THEN IT WOULD BE CONSIDERED A HATE CRIME! WELL HERE’S SOME NEWS, THE PEOPLE, THE SICK PEOPLE WHO POST PICTURES OF DEAD WOMEN AND LAUGH WHILE SHOWING THE WORD HEMOPHILIA, OR OF A MAN PUNCHING HIS WIFE BECAUSE SHE TOLD HIM SHE WAS PREGNANT, WITH THE WORDS- KILLING TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE- ALL THAT SHOWS HATRED TOWARDS WOMEN. THIS NEEDS TO CHANGE! I AM MAKING A PUBLIC CALL TO ALL WOMEN AND ALL SUPPORTERS TO SHUT DOWN THEIR FACEBOOK PAGES AND SWITCH OVER TO ANOTHER SOCIAL NETWORK THAT WILL NOT TOLERATE THIS BEHAVIOR. I AM TRYING TO HAVE A MASSIVE SHUT DOWN DATE OF JULY 4TH, 2013 INDEPENDENCE DAY. THIS DAY ALREADY SYMBOLIC OF INDEPENDENCE WILL ALSO SYMBOLIZE A DAY WHEN WOMEN ALL OVER MAKE IT BE KNOWN THAT THEY WILL NO LONGER ALLOW THIS INHUMANE TREATMENT TO CONTINUE. IN A SENCE A DAY WHEN WE MAKE A FINAL CHANGE AND DEMAND FACEBOOK REMOVE ALL IT’S PAGES WITH VIOLENT CONTENT OF WOMEN AND SHOW OUR REPRESENTATIVES THAT THESE ARE HATE CRIMES AND THEY NEED TO BE ADDRESSED AS SUCH. JOIN ME.

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