Facebook once again found itself in the “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” conundrum caused by controversial subject matter, being pressured to remove a page, in this case by the Anti-Defamation League, and winding up in the unenviable position of having to decide whether to censor its users.
Last month, Maria Kang became one of Facebook’s most famous users, or most infamous, depending on individual reactions, when a photo of the 32-year-old mother of three and fitness competitor in a workout bra and shorts, with her three kids, showing off her toned body, with the caption, “What’s your excuse?” went viral and spurred mountains of feedback, both negative and positive. Earlier this week, Kang was temporarily banned from Facebook due to her post about a Daily Mail article that featured plus-size women posing in lingerie.
Facebook has come under fire recently, as several advertisers pulled their campaigns in light of pages promoting hate speech against women on the site. The company responded to this criticism Tuesday, saying that Facebook will start working harder to prevent those kinds of posts and pages from coming to light. Facebook will work with legal experts, as well as women’s rights groups, to better train the teams that deal with feedback on these issues, and it will open up the lines of communication with groups that have faced discrimination.
Facebook Page Admins Claim Selective Enforcement, Yet Continue To Post Content That Violates Terms Of Service
There are two sides to every story. Take, for example, the story of page administrators for Facebook page Barracuda Brigade for Our American Girl! 2012, a fan community for former Alaska Gov. and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who claimed in a story on Examiner.com Sunday that they were being unfairly punished by the social network, while posts that clearly violate Facebook’s terms of service were still appearing on the page at the time of this post Monday afternoon.
Facebook Engineering Director Arturo Bejar spoke with the San Jose Mercury News, but the conversation had nothing to do with coding or new features on the social network. Instead, they discussed conflict resolution.
Facebook’s Proposed Revisions To Statement Of Rights And Responsibilities, Data Use Policy Up For Vote Through June 8
Facebook users have until Friday, June 8, at 9 a.m. PT, to vote on the social network’s proposed (and extensive) revisions to its statement of rights and responsibilities and data use policy, as announced on the Facebook Site Governance page.