Hypocritical Facebook Bans Breasts but Is OK With Rape

woman surfing on facebookSurely, at one time, you stumbled upon a user-created Facebook page that offended you. I definitely have, but until recently, I never even knew some of the worst ones out there existed. I mean, did you know that you can actually "like" a page called "Wiping makeup off your shoe after a long day of kicking sluts in the face" (and oh, look, over 90,000 people already have!) or another named "If I wanted you to open your mouth I would have dropped my pants." (40K "like" that one) ... yeah. And that's just the beginning.

The good news is that Facebook recently responded to demands that some of the worst pages, which clearly alluded to rape or violence against women, be removed -- but not after several weeks and 180,000 signatures on a Change.org petition. Definitely begs the question ... How friggin' hypocritical is Facebook?!

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They've allowed demeaning, tasteless pages to remain on the site for WEEKS, MONTHS, while at the same time, yoinking down breast cancer survivors' tastefully painted breasts ... or how about anything to do with breastfeeding, including hats on babies that vaguely resemble a breast? Zap!

It's enough to make you think that despite having plenty of women working at the top tier of the company -- including Facebook marketing director Randi Zuckerberg, CEO Mark's sis! -- the social network still functions like a sexist frat house. Defensive statements from the company released in response to the whole ordeal have asserted that these pages may mean different things to different people. Because apparently, a page called "What's 10 inches and gets girls to have sex with me? My knife" or another called "Throwing eggs at sluts, brick shaped eggs -- made from brick" (which invites users to rate other users' photos with comments like "drown" or "hit....... With a shovel") may seem controversial and troublesome to some people, but others might think it's a HILARIOUS "inside joke." So, that makes it okay. (Except that one's not ... thankfully, "10 inches" was one of the pages recently pulled; however, "Throwing eggs" remains.)

Facebook needs to face its own facts. The site's terms of use clearly state, "You will not post content that is hateful, threatening, or pornographic; incites violence; or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence." Pages like the above are hateful, threatening, and gratuitously violent. They're NOT even close to being funny. And when tens of thousands of people are "liking" them, they're definitely not inside jokes. They're vile, and by allowing any of them to remain on the site, Facebook is making an irresponsible and disgraceful move.

How do you feel about how Facebook is handling these controversial pages?

 

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