Really, really troubling.
When asked for a comment, a Facebook representative explained that they were doing everything they could to remove all posts that classify as harassment.
When they were asked why someone writing “men are scum” could violate community standards, they replied that the statement was an attack and hate speech toward a protected group.
Yes, Facebook lists white men as a protected group.
Of course, Facebook claims that this is because all genders, races, and religions are protected characteristics under Facebook’s policy.
Obviously, things continue to happen and fall through the cracks.
If you were to post "women are scum" on Facebook, absolutely nothing happens.
Which is both mindboggling and rage-inducing.
You’d think Facebook would have a better handle on dealing with harassment and removing posts, since their employees have their work reviewed to account for any personal biases.
There are a lot of flaws in Facebook's system.
For instance, there’s no way to tell the demographic of someone who posts something on Facebook, or if they have a history of posting messages that spread hate.
There’s also absolutely no way to tell the tone.
Which is probably why comedians seem to be consistently banned from the platform.
Facebook moderators can’t tell the humor in someone’s post. Women continually suffer consequences and punishment (like getting thrown off a website) for simply trying to express themselves.
“Social media is how we communicate. Preventing women from expressing themselves like this is an intimidation tactic,” said one social-media strategist, quoted in the Daily Beast article.
How can women feel safe in speaking up, if when they do they’re essentially told to be quiet? It’s an unfortunate battle we have to continue to fight.