[F]acebook’s patchy (at the very best) views on censorship are coming under fire once again today as reports emerge that women are being banned from the platform for responding to male trolls with phrases like “men are trash.”
In the wake of the #MeToo movement and increasingly vocal protestations against the culture of male dominance and physical and verbal violence and intimidation that has been allowed to manifest both IRL and online, more and more women are speaking out against the men guilty of abuse. Facebook, however, despite a historic and dumbfounding inability to curb the behaviors of its male trolls, has quickly responded by temporarily banning women who are speaking out.
Comic Marcia Belsky brought the issue to light in a story picked up by The Daily Beast, who report that she was banned for 30 days after commenting “men are scum” on a friend’s Facebook post in October. Fellow comedian Alison Klemp received a seven day ban for posting “men are scum” in November.
Other users have reportedly been banned for using phrases including “men continue to be the worst”, “men ain’t shit” and “all men are ugly.”
As Facebook continues to fail to recognize how it shapes conversations in society, this latest double standard glares.