A new Facebook page called “Jesus F**k**g Christ. Sl*t Mary’s B*st*rd,” has caused a lot of people to speak out in anger. The anger is not as much with the content of the page, as it is the approval of Facebook. The page which states that Jesus’ mother, Mary was a fornicator and should have aborted her son, has caused many people to report it to Facebook only to receive the response that Facebook finds nothing wrong with the page. At the same time other Facebook pages that have a conservative or Christian view are being shut down without a reason at all.
The biggest problem with Facebook’s show of favoritism is, well, their favoritism.
Recently Facebook shared in their post “Controversial, Harmful, and Hateful Speech on Facebook”;
“…our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (www.facebook.com/legal/terms) prohibits “hate speech.” While there is no universally accepted definition of hate speech, as a platform we define the term to mean direct and serious attacks on any protected category of people based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or disease.”
This would seem at face value to be an excellent policy, however Facebook goes on to explain,
“We work hard to remove hate speech quickly, however there are instances of offensive content, including distasteful humor, that are not hate speech according to our definition. In these cases, we work to apply fair, thoughtful, and scalable policies. This approach allows us to continue defending the principles of freedom of self-expression on which Facebook is founded.” [Source: Facebook]
Although Facebook uses the ‘Freedom of Self-Expression’ to allow certain hate groups to grow their communities, it contradicts any reason they could offer for pulling other pages sharing their conservative views, by the same freedoms.
Offensive pages Facebook finds acceptable include:
- I Love Abortions
- Christianity is a Plague Begging for a Cure
- Virgin Mary should have Aborted
- F**K Jesus and F**K Christianity
- God Can Lick My Left Nut
Pages that Facebook has recently closed down do to inappropriate content include;
- Kirk Cameron’s New Independent Film “Unstoppable”: Was shut down by Facebook without an explanation. According to a post Cameron made on his Facebook, “We have been officially shut down by Facebook and unable to get any response from them.” Later with the help of over 500,000 friends and fans Facebook activated the page again. “This is a real victory,” Cameron shared with fans and friends after they reached out to Facebook “If we work together, we really do have a voice.” [Source: Todd Starnes/FoxNews&Commentary]
- Truckers to Shut Down America (now Ride For the Constitution): Was shut down for what Facebook cited as “against Facebook Community Guidlines” after the message was sent to a political opponent “God bless you, and God Bless America”. 86,000 followers of the page were instantly shut out for exercising their protected Constitutional freedom.
Being blocked by Facebook isn’t the end of the world, however. Susan Shannon, the author of the “Short Little Rebel: One Christian’s Conservative Take on Politics” blog, shares that after her Facebook page, “Short Little Rebel” was blocked she decided that Facebook is not her means or end. Shannon tells fans and friends that she will be content whether she continues to be blocked from Facebook or not, and she encourages friends and fans to be strong and follow her lead;
“If I cannot get back onto FB, I will be content, because this would not be the hand of man, but of God. No one can thwart his will. And if I cannot get back on, your ‘home’ [speaking of Shannon’s SLR FB page] will be gone on FB. That means you are all ready. That means that God wants each and every one of you core 1,800 people to go OUT and do what I did! Tell the truth. Take the Bible as your sword and save lives. People will get angry at you- pagan and Christian alike! That is how you know you are doing a good job! Evil hates the truth.”
Susan Shannon, the witty, intelligent, self-proclaimed ‘conservative independent news junkie’ continues her message and news updates on her Wordpress blog and at the Tea Party Community-- a relatively new but growing online social community. (I will cover on the Tea Party Community in more detail in my next column).
As for the page, “Jesus F**k**g Christ. Sl*t Mary’s B*st*rd” I reported the page for hate talk, harassment, and sexually explicit content. Within a few minutes Facebook responded to my concern with the following:
“Thank you for taking the time to report something that you feel may violate our Community Standards. Reports like yours are an important part of making Facebook a safe and welcoming environment. We reviewed the page you reported for harassment/bullying/sexually explicit and found it doesn't violate our community standard on bullying and harassment.”
Well, it doesn’t exactly help Facebook create a ‘safe and welcoming environment’ either. In fact, in researching this article I found some Facebook pages whose titles are so offensive I couldn’t; with good conscious even put them in this article.
Other Facebook alternatives include:
For more information
- Riots Breaking out in the Facebook of Tyranny
- The Tea Party Community
- Facebook Page Calls Jesus a ‘Bastard.’ Virgin Mary a ‘Whore,’ and Facebook says It’s Ok
- Short Little Rebel: Project Redemption
- Facebook Community Standards
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