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Facebook gives way to campaign against hate speech on its pages

30/05/2013 14:09

Company agrees to update policies in response to protest by more than 100 advocacy groups.
Facebook has bowed to an outcry over content promoting violence against women after advertisers pulled ads in protest.
The company said on Tuesday it would update its policies on hate speech, increase accountability of content creators and train staff to be more responsive to complaints, marking a victory for women's rights activists. "We need to do better – and we will," it said in a statement.
The climbdown followed a week-long campaign by Women, Action and the Media, the Everyday Sexism Project and the activist Soraya Chemaly to remove supposedly humorous content endorsing rape and domestic violence.
Examples included a photograph of the singer Rihanna's bloodied and beaten face, captioned with "Chris Brown's Greatest Hits", a reference to the assault by her ex-boyfriend.
A photograph of a woman in a pool of blood had the caption "I like her for her brains".
Another photograph, of a man holding a rag over a woman's mouth, was captioned "Does this smell like chloroform to you?".
More than 100 advocacy groups joined the protest and demanded Facebook recognise such content as hate speech and train moderators to remove it.

Source: https://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/may/29/facebook-campaign-violence-against-women