Today, a Facebook spokesman reached out to Wired to reverse its previous stance on imagery that promoted violence toward women, stating that a photo it had previously deemed acceptable for the social networking site “should have been taken down when it was reported to us and we apologize for the mistake.”
Last week, Wired posted a story about an Icelandic woman named Thorlaug Agustsdottir, whose photo had been altered by a user on an anti-woman Facebook page to make it look like she had been beaten along with a caption that read: “Women are like grass, they need to be beaten/cut regularly.” Despite numerous reports by Agustsdottir and other users, Facebook determined that the image did not violate its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities …
The apology is a positive step for the social media site, which has taken flak in the past for the application of its Statements of Rights and Responsibilities, particularly in regard to content that promotes the rape and violence of women, which is considered acceptable if it can be deemed “humor.” This position stands in unfortunate contrast in regards to other Facebook content where this laissez-faire attitude towards free speech often does not apply, such as political pages that discuss pornography (but contain none), and even more ironically, non-sexual images of women breastfeeding their babies – if the feeding is not considered “actively engaged.” [snip]
How about this, dear Facebook: content that promotes rape and violence against women is NEVER funny.
Policy written, I’ll send you my invoice.