On Tuesday, after an onslaught of tweets and emails and facing a growing advertising boycott, Facebook agreed to do more to combat gender-based hate speech.
Woo! We did it! And the crowd goes wild!
In a statement, Facebook admitted that its system for identifying and removing hate speech has been less than effective, and it has pledged to take some concrete steps.
Care2.com is a member of the coalition of women’s rights and social justice groups requesting that Facebook take action on the very real problem of gender-based hate speech, led by Laura Bates of The Everyday Sexism Project, Jaclyn Friedman of Women, Action & the Media, and activist Soraya Chemaly. In a statement, Women, Action & the Media express hope for making online spaces safe for women around the world.
We are hopeful that this moment will mark an historic transition in relation to media and women’s rights in which Facebook is acknowledged as a leader in fostering safer, genuinely inclusive online communities, setting industry precedents for others to follow.We look forward to collaborating with these communities on actions both big and small until we live in a world that’s safe and just for women and girls, and for everyone.
The campaign elicited 60,000 tweets and 5,000 emails, and 15 companies pulled their ads from Facebook. This is truly an example of what we can do when we pull together.
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