Victory: Facebook rape page is – finally – taken down
As a result of global protests – and campaigns in the UK, US, Canada and New Zealand – against a Facebook page that contained posts advocating rape of women the page that sparked the campaign – You know she’s playing hard to get when your chasing her down an alleyway – has been taken down.
As regular WVoN readers will know, the UK fight started at the beginning of August as a result of Facebook’s refusal to take the page down despite many people reporting it to Facebook (see WVoN coverage).
Not only that, Facebook likened the rape jokes on the page to pub jokes, thereby insulting every woman who has been raped or who has been threatened with rape.
The consequent campaign forced Facebook to defend its position – namely that rape jokes, although violent and threatening, did not contravene its policies – again and again.
Meanwhile advertisers who were alerted to the fact their ads were being placed next to vile posts such as ‘Q: Which is better to rape four month old boys or four month old girls ??? A: it dosent matter as long as their dead!!!’ reacted with horror and demanded that Facebook whitelist the page, which stripped it of advertisements.
Then two weeks ago I was contacted by the on-line petition site change.org who are hosting the US petition against other Facebook pages that also promote violence against women.
Alex DiBranco, who wrote a guest post for WVoN this week, myself, representatives of National Council of Women of New Zealand and the organiser of RINJ (the Rape is No Joke Facebook page) spoke for over an hour about how we could join forces to increase the numbers on the global petitions and also increase the pressure on Facebook to acknowledge that the pages contravene its own policies.
The result of this conversation was – and is – a Twitter campaign which has attracted support from all over the globe.
However, as much as we may rejoice that Facebook has finally taken the original page down, Facebook has still has not acknowledged that posts which advocate violence against women contravene its policies, and so there are many many more pages on Facebook that also should be taken down.
And so, the fight goes on. Watch this space.
Note: thank you so much to all the WVoN readers who posted, tweeted and shared the details of our campaign – you have been an integral part of the fight and we couldn’t have done it without your support. Pats on the back all round!