FB forced to act after #FBRape campaign

Daily mail reports:

Facebook agrees to block content that makes fun of sex assaults against women after furious campaign

  • Hashtag #FBRape had 50,000 tweets and 4,500  support emails in a week
  • Group say Facebook ‘allows content endorsing violence against women’
  • #FBRape calls on companies to pull adverts until Facebook bans material
  • Nissan, Nationwide UK and more have pulled ads until Facebook complies

Women’s action media reports:

Last Tuesday, Women, Action & the Media, the Everyday Sexism Project and author/activist Soraya Chemaly launched a campaign to call on Facebook to take concrete, effective action to end gender-based hate speech on its site. Since then, participants sent over 60,000 tweets and 5000 emails, and our coalition has grown to over 100 women’s movement and social justice organizations.

Today, we are pleased to announce that Facebook has responded with a important commitment to refine its approach to hate speech. Facebook has admirably done more than most other companies to address this topic in regards to content policy. In a statement released today, Facebook addressed our concerns and committed to evaluating and updating its policies, guidelines and practices relating to hate speech, improving training for its content moderators and increasing accountability for creators of misogynist content.

Facebook has also invited Women, Action & the Media, The Everyday Sexism Project and members of our coalition to contribute to these efforts and be part of an ongoing conversation. As part of these efforts, we will work closely with Facebook on the issue of how Community Standards around hate speech are evaluated and to ensure best practices represent the interests of our coalition.

For details regarding Facebook’s response, please visit https://www.facebook.com/notes/facebook-safety/controversial-harmful-and-hateful-speech-on-facebook/574430655911054

   allowed on facebook!

Date rape drugging – it’s OK by facebook!

original content from:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2332548/FBRape-campaign-Facebook-agrees-block-content-makes-fun-sex-assaults-women-furious-campaign.html
http://www.womenactionmedia.org/facebookaction/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2332028/FBRape-campaign-Companies-pull-adverts-Facebook-refuses-remove-anti-women-content.html

from Huffington Post report – from 7 days after #FBRape began-

WAM is already claiming success, reporting that 15 companies – including Nissan UK, House of Burlesque and Nationwide UK, have pulled ads from Facebook.

On Tuesday Sky, American Express and Dove found themselves in the crosshairs.

Marketing Magazine reports Dove – which markets itself as a purveyor of products for “real women” – is now “working aggressively with Facebook to resolve the issue”.

Procter and Gamble’s response was: “We can’t control what content they [our advertising] pops up next to. Obviously it’s a shame that our ad happened to pop up next to it,” Think Progress reports.

While conceding Facebook has proven willing to crack down on other forms of hate speech, including anti-Semitic, Islamophobic and homophobic speech, an open letter calls on the company to take “swift, comprehensive and effective action addressing the representation of rape and domestic violence.”

Signed by over sixty feminist groups, it calls for Facebook to:

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.

taken from http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/05/28/fbrape-will-facebook-heed-open-letter-protesting-endorsement-rape-domestic-violence_n_3346520.html?1369754572

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New Definition of Domestic Abuse for the UK

The UK has finally updated it’s definition of Domestic Abuse to apply to 16 and 17 year olds, closing the loop hole that allowed 16 and 17-year olds to get married, or live independently with no protection from abusive and/or violent partners. The definition also includes same-sex relationships if they are intimate ones.

via the New Definition for Domestic Abuse.

Do you know Domestic Abuse is not only Domestic Violence?

It includes:

  • financial
  • emotional
  • psychological
  • sexual
  • physical

Coercive behaviour is now included, which is: an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.

Teenagers at risk

The British Crime Survey in 2009/10 found that 16-19-year-olds were the group most likely to suffer abuse from a partner, so this change in the law is crucial.

This definition, which is not a legal definition,  includes so called ‘honour’ based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, and is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.

Domestic Abuse Statistics

What About Bob?: An Abuser’s Tactics Named and Exposed

Sharing a wonderful post today about how abusive people try to manipulate those raising awareness.

Abusive Tactics Identified:

1) Inappropriate familiarity.

2) Defining reality: claiming special or superior insight into the victim’s thoughts and motives – “I would question your heart.”

3) Shifting blame from the guilty party to the victim, working to instill self-doubt – “Is that really necessary?”

”Bob, we have heard these tactics before many times. We reject them.”

via What About Bob?: An Abuser’s Tactics Named and Exposed.