Gender-Based Hate and Revenge Porn on Facebook

The culture that binds us.

Purposefully Scarred

Frances Ryan writes (linked above):

Facebook has a problem with women. That was clear about the time it started to take down photos that showed women’s mastectomy scars whilst leaving images that apparently showed women beaten and raped.

As problems go, it’s been a longstanding one (I wrote back in October 2011 about their housing of rape promoting groups – groups like “Riding your Girlfriend softly, Cause you don’t want to wake her up” – and refusal to do anything about it). It’s also been progressing. As last month’s outcry over misogynistic pages showed, over the past two years horrific (warning: not hyperbole) words have been joined by horrific pictures.

After a targeted campaign by feminist groups, Facebook finally listened (see The #FBRape Campaign). They made a public commitment to improve their handling of gender-based hate.

I wonder, then, why “revenge porn” pages are sitting on the site.

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