Gender-Based Hate and Revenge Porn on Facebook

Link to NewStatesman:  If Facebook is Serious about Gender-Based Hate, Why is it Still Hosting Revenge Porn?"
Link to NewStatesman:
If Facebook is Serious about Gender-Based Hate, Why is it Still Hosting Revenge Porn?”

Frances Ryan writes (linked above):

Facebook has a problem with women. That was clear about the time it started to take down photos that showed women’s mastectomy scars whilst leaving images that apparently showed women beaten and raped.

As problems go, it’s been a longstanding one (I wrote back in October 2011 about their housing of rape promoting groups – groups like “Riding your Girlfriend softly, Cause you don’t want to wake her up” – and refusal to do anything about it). It’s also been progressing. As last month’s outcry over misogynistic pages showed, over the past two years horrific (warning: not hyperbole) words have been joined by horrific pictures.

After a targeted campaign by feminist groups, Facebook finally listened (see The #FBRape Campaign). They made a public commitment to improve their handling of gender-based hate.

I wonder, then, why “revenge porn” pages are sitting on the site.

By unhappy accident, I stumbled upon one last week. After less than five minutes of investigation via the Facebook search tool, I’d found 22 more. (Having continued to search over the past few days, it was creepily easy to keep finding new pages.)

Pages with the declared intention to (quote) “Expose all the slags and sluts” and “Inbox pictures of your nude ex and get them back for the bad things!” Want to get back at your girlfriend for leaving you? Upload a photo she gave you in private and let strangers help you abuse her.

It’s been known for a while that there are websites dedicated to “revenge porn”. They’re about humiliation and shaming women for being sexual. And now Facebook is part of it.

To hear from women who have been subjected to and abused by revenge porn, watch the video from ABC News’ Good Morning America, “Revenge Porn: Women’s Private Photos Posted Online by Exes“.

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