When three Chicago area teens were charged over the weekend with raping a 12-year-old girl — and then posting a video of the assault on their Facebook pages – it was a tale that was as revolting as it was entirely plausible. After all, you don’t have to look far at all on Facebook to find images of women being degraded, or for groups devoted to laughing off violence against women. But a bold open letter to Facebook released on Tuesday is hoping to turn the tide.
In the letter, Jaclyn Friedman of Women, Action, & the Media, writer Soraya Chemaly and the Everyday Sexism Project’s Laura Bates, along with dozens of other activists and groups, call on Facebook to “Recognize speech that trivializes or glorifies violence against girls and women as hate speech” and train its moderators to recognize and remove it. It asks Facebook users to “contact advertisers whose ads on Facebook appear next to content that targets women for violence.” It’s an oft-made request. But maybe this time, it’ll be heard.
read more: Facebook’s hate speech problem – Salon.com.