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Offline MH

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Facebook Complicity and Harassment
« on: August 03, 2017, 05:37:00 am »
https://medium.com/@IjeomaOluo/facebooks-complicity-in-the-silencing-of-black-women-e60c34434181

I want to see a response to this.  Being moderated here is one thing but facebook is central to a lot of people's lives.

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Re: Facebook Complicity and Harassment
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2017, 09:53:02 am »
This became a big deal on Twitter last year Milo Yiannopoulos and his followers harassed actress Leslie Jones to the point that she quit Twitter entirely.   After a lot of criticism for what happened, Twitter banned Milo and promised to take a stronger stand in response to harassment.   But Twitter is trying to be the platform where famous people speak to their fans, and if they want to be that, they have to do something to protect their famous users. Facebook isn't trying to do that... that's not their model. That's not how they got 1.5 billion users. (is it 1.5 billion now? I think it's something like that.)


So first off, the comments sent to that woman are obviously horrible. I don't see why Facebook wouldn't take some kind of action when she reported these posts. On the other hand, she does seem to be trying to create a reaction... I am guessing that the kind of posts she got were exactly what she was hoping for.

I don't use Facebook or Twitter. I personally don't understand people whose reaction to being bullied on Facebook is to log back in and get more bullying.  I believe that Facebook does have privacy settings that let you restrict strangers from seeing your content or sending you messages. If harassment is a problem, maybe those tools are sufficient to deal with the issue.


Maryam Namazie is an ex-Muslim and secular activist who recently wrote about reporting violent threats-- rape and murder-- directed at her on Facebook.  Facebook didn't respond to her reports either.  It may be that whether a report receives any action depends on which low-level staffer receives each report.


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Re: Facebook Complicity and Harassment
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2017, 04:15:50 pm »
It's weird that they blocked the victim for reposting the messages but not the people who posted them. 
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Re: Facebook Complicity and Harassment
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2017, 09:00:12 pm »
Recently I read a news article on Facebook and in the comments section, a man had made a very derogatory statement about Muslims.  There was a slew of rebuttals to his comment and although I didn't personally comment, I did 'like' one of the rebuttals.  I wasn't the only person who liked the post, it was already at about 30 when I clicked.

My phone alerted me that someone I don't know has commented on one of my public posts.  Everything on my profile is set to private but that one post was public because I was sharing it and told friends to share it.

It was the man who had made the derogatory Muslim comment on the news article.  He called a Dirty Muslim Slut and 20 minutes later commented a bunch more ignorant things.  He'd also sent a half a dozen instant messages calling me many different things.

Keep in mind, I didn't even respond to him, I was only one of 30 people who liked a post which questioned his stupid comment.  If he's doing that to me, I wonder what he's doing to the people who really piss him off. 

I blocked him and end of story.  It's easy for me to do given my less than provocative existence on Facebook but I got a little taste of the level of crazy that's out there. 

Facebook users should not have to monitor their page 24/7 blocking abusers.  In my opinion, Facebook should've suspended the abusers and then she wouldn't have had to resort to taking screen shots.  Now they're blaming her for taking actions into her own hands when they failed to do their job (reminds me on another forum, ahem).

Asking people being bullied to just ignore things and block everyone and be vigilante 24/7 is not a feasible solution.  If they don't help, people have no choice but to leave Facebook and the bullies' tactics work.

Facebook should absolutely be helping in preventing online abuse.
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