**The Racism and Misogyny of Facebook**
*Are Facebook Policies Designed To Discriminate?*
If you want a picture-perfect image of racism and sexism in America, skip the textbook and look at the shit people say on Facebook.
I’ve been running this page since 2011 and I’ve seen eons of bigotry to last me a lifetime. From comments like “we should have killed all Asians with the atom bomb!” to “black women are natural whores”, I think I’ve seen it all.
But last night’s incident (this page was shut down momentarily) sparked a very curious thought: is Facebook DESIGNED to be biased against people of color and women?
Here’s the thing: according to various users on this page, MULTIPLE Facebook pages have been shut down over the past few months. What do they all have in common? They’re all pages that support the civil rights of ethnic minorities and women. They address racism, anti-blackness, xenophobia, misogyny and anti-LGBT sentiments. These all seem like positive pages, so why the hell are they getting shut down?
According to Facebook’s reporting policy, users can report offensive content on the basis of “hate speech” which is classified as “content that attacks people based on their actual or perceived race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or disease is not allowed.”
After a claim has been made, a member from Facebook (or an automated system) will screen the content and make a judgement. There’s only one problem:
Facebook employs primarily WHITE MEN.
According to Slate.com, the demographics of Facebook show a nasty pattern: 70% male, 30% female and 60% white, 2% Black. Even more concerning are the demographics of executives who are 80% white.
So now you look at something like reporting offensive content and you compare it with the demographics at Facebook, and you wonder, “what the hell do white males know about offensive content?” Well, according to Facebook’s Help Center (http://on.fb.me/1Fc1qPf) they know nothing at all:
“We do, however, allow clear attempts at humor or satire that might otherwise be considered a possible threat or attack. This includes content that many people may find to be in bad taste (ex: jokes, stand-up comedy, popular song lyrics, etc.).”
HOLD ON A SECOND! So you’re telling me that it’s okay for Facebook to have a White Power pages and pages in support of domestic violence, yet I get flagged for addressing racism?! Oh, that’s right: White men are ALWAYS disguising their racism and sexism as “hurmor.” Yea, that’s right. Make a meme about lynching black folks but as long as you’re laughing, hey! It’s free speech!
Furthermore, this conflicts with the way people of color and women interact on Facebook: when we have a problem with someone, most of the time we discuss it ON OUR OWN PAGES. We do not inundate the KKK page to talk shit, yet somehow, when we say something like “Black Lives Matter!” or “Fuck Eddie Huang!” you’ll have no shortage of assholes REPORTING US for hate speech.
Who the FUCK is watching The Watchmen? How the hell can this be a safe space when the people trolling us are the same as the people employed to help us out?
Yea, and you wanna say white supremacy doesn’t exist?
Fuck outta here…