Does anyone at Facebook really care about policing its “community standards” in an equitable way? They allow the worst sort of Der Stürmer-ish anti-Semitism, but regularly ban Zionist sites. And now they’ve removed a post from the Facebook page of my friend Melissa Chen, secular activist and a moderator of the Global Secular Humanist Movement Facebook page (I’m a mod there too).
Melissa had reposted a post by Alishba Zarmeen defending the woman I wrote about yesterday, Qandeel Baloch, a Pakistani actress/model/activist who was murdered by her brother in an “honor killing.” Melissa’s repost, below, was removed by Facebook as a violation of those famous “community standards” (the “community,” of course, is that of easily offended Muslims). Alishba Zarmeen had to face 30 days in Facebook Jail for her transgression, but she’s fighting back as well (see here).
Melissa then reposted her original post as an attachment:
As far as I know, Facebook “community standards” are determined by a bunch of farmed-out factotums who simply determine off the cuff whether something is “offensive” to community standards that are not only murky, but enforced only after a complaint. Since Muslims are more liable to complain than others, I suspect, it’s posts like Melissa’s that get removed. Yet her post is, if anything, a form of free speech: a call for women in repressive Muslim countries to follow Baloch’s example and defy their woman-hating culture.
Seriously, Facebook, you count “stupid Pakistani men who try to justify honor killings” as a violation of community standards? What community are you living in?
Melissa’s tweet can be found here; retweet it if you wish.