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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Is this the Northern Ireland paedophile who got Facebook to remove posts naming him?

Known only as XY, he issued proceedings against Facebook and Mr McCloskey [Joe McCloskey] over the contents of a page entitled ‘Keeping our kids safe from predators’. The man, who served a jail sentence for a catalogue of abuse, has now been granted permanent anonymity by a judge overseeing the resolution.

It emerged during the case that he has a total of 15 convictions for sexual offences committed between 1982 and 1989.
They include six charges of indecent assault, six counts of gross indecency with a child and a further one of inciting a child to commit an act of gross indecency.

He was released after serving half of a six year prison sentence, only to be detained for a further six months for breaching a condition of his licence.

He went to court after discovering his photograph and a string of threatening comments had been posted online.

In November last year, the social networking giant was ordered to take the page down due to the prima facie harassment and potential breach of the plaintiff’s human rights.

Although it was removed, a new page under the heading ‘Keeping our kids safe from predators 2’ soon appeared.

As part of a final settlement to the convicted paedophile’s legal action, Joe McCloskey also pledged on Thursday to immediately remove all references to him from online pages under his control.

Alan Kane QC, for XY, told the court: “I am happy to say the matter has been satisfactorily resolved and has been committed to writing, subject to an application in respect of the continuance of anonymity.”
source: http://www.u.tv/News/Man-stops-online-posts-about-sex-offender/9d9ed702-4dc8-45cb-b3df-d3bc719682f4

Identity of paedophile: is this the right person?
Lawyers for Michael Sean Quinn, 24, claimed comments posted on anti-abuse campaigner Joe McCloskey’s personal page threaten the safety of him and his family.
Quinn, originally from Glasvey Drive, Twinbrook, is seeking an injunction against Mr McCloskey and the social networking giant to have the contents removed from the site.

He was jailed for eight years in 2007 for raping a teenage girl. Quinn attacked his victim, 15, in the city in August 2005 while she was on holiday from England. During the trial, it emerged that he later used the girl’s mobile phone to call her mother and state: “I enjoyed raping your girl.”

source: http://www.u.tv/news/Rapist-being-harassed-on-Facebook/c32bf389-3845-441d-bec8-52015ca6b350

Further details
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/teen-gets-eight-years-for-raping-girl-28396966.html

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/rapist-who-phoned-victims-mother-to-gloat-is-behind-bars-for-probation-breach-28500205.html

Past crime details
www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sunday-life/sick-teen-rapist-released-early-28493808.html

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