Tuesday, September 15, 2015

More Double Standards @Facebook

I'd really love to stop posting here, but it seems Facebook is at it again.

Facebook has removed a gorgeous picture of about a dozen women breastfeeding. I'm still trying to track down the photo, as even those who re-posted in solidarity seem to have had their posts removed as well.

It's something along the lines of this one, but it is not this one:

Erin White, Women in the Wild

Those who posted the photo were told that it violates Facebook's "community standards".

Another breastfeeding picture has also been removed.

"This beautiful photo, taken by Tara Ruby Photography, has been removed from both her page and this one already today. I'm reposting it again to show the world that you CAN be in the military and successful at breastfeeding. I believe this is a first, to have a group photo of military moms breastfeeding in uniform (they were given permission by the PAO and Garrison Commander at Ft Bliss)."

Yet this picture remains on FART is a four letter word after numerous complaints.

It's worth mentioning that the FART page has over 240,000 "likes" and this picture has had over 1,100 shares since it was posted on September 11th.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Girl God and Feminsts Against Racism pages are silenced by Facebook along with #Goddess on Instagram because #WhitePeopleMustEndRacism #YesAllWhitePeople

Desiree Jordan posted an excellent the video where a young black woman was talking about white silence. She shared it with the header #yesallehitepeople & #whitepeoplemustendracism to the Feminists Against Racism page where Trista also admins. Trista cannot post, comment or like anything for 3 days. Desiree is blocked for 7 days.

There are other admins on both The Girl God page and the Feminists Against Racism page but neither woman can post, comment or like at this time without getting the following notice:
  • You recently posted something that violates Facebook policies, so you're temporarily blocked from using this feature. For more information, visit the Help Center.

    To keep from getting blocked again, please make sure you've read and understand Facebook's Community Standards.
    The block will be active for 2 days and 10 hours more.
  • If you think you're seeing this by mistake, please let us know.
Both women have let Facebook know that they believe this is a mistake.

Meanwhile, the hashtag #Goddess has been banned on Instagram.

A member of the Feminists Against Racism page posted the following comment, which has been true of Facebook for sometime:

"They block heart-centered things, yet a full on porn video just passed through my news feed & I couldn't get it banned...:( Thanks for keeping the posts going."

Max Dashu echoed this sentiment:
"And now Bairavee Balasubramaniam got flack for this beautiful post which was flagged as "violent." If FB is going to vet posts, they should hire some women who have some clue about what violence is about, and go after the female-despising porn instead of educational posts by and for women, or pictures of women in traditional dress whose nipples are showing."

Many thanks to all the Admins on The Girl God page who are keeping the page going!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

"Clementine Ford was banned by Facebook for posting some of the vile messages she had been receiving. Yet when she reported those same messages, they were deemed not to violate their community standards."

via mix 102.3

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Miko Peled, the Israeli anti-apartheid activist, shut out by Facebook

This is a "call to arms" for Palestinian supporters & civil liberties advocates: Miko Peled, the Israeli anti-apartheid activist, was shut out by Facebook about two weeks ago because they claim his ID cannot be verified & he might be trolling. In a pig's eye! Peled is a prominent figure who plays a pivotal role in Palestinian solidarity & Facebook would know that if they looked at the number of his friends, the activity on his wall, or just googled his name. He believes they are politically censoring him & that can hardly be in dispute.

Last year Facebook pulled the same stunt with Hamde Abu Rahma, a Palestinian photojournalist in the West Bank. Hundreds of Facebook supporters of his work rallied & campaigned to have his account restored, which it was. When your account is shut down, you lose an accounting of your friends, your photos, the discussions & you have to start from scratch. Facebook informed Peled that to reinstate his account it has to be under a different name or if someone else does it on his behalf. Once again, all they have to do is google his name. But of course, they already know exactly who he is.

So do we, which is why we value his exemplary work & role; his support for Palestinian justice is tough-minded & uncompromising. We need to assemble our forces on social media & get Miko Peled's original Facebook account reinstated. Can those who lead the campaign for reinstating the account of Hamde please let us know the best way to proceed? Can everyone please share this post & information far & wide to solidarity activists in defense of Miko & of civil liberties on Facebook.

This is a post from Peled's website explaining the Facebook censure: http://mikopeled.com/2015/02/03/1085/

(Photo of Miko Peled. Thanks to Naila Smith for heading up this campaign.)
Via Mary Scully

Sign the petition here.