After Months of Protests, Facebook Removes Pro-Rape Pages

Facebook pages such as “Kicking Sluts in the Vagina,” “I know a silly little bitch that needs a good slap,” and “What’s 10 inches and gets girls to have sex with me? My knife” have been the subject of controversy over the last few months. Despite complaints, Facebook officials originally defending the pages, saying back in August “Just as telling a rude joke won’t get you thrown out of your local pub, it won’t get you thrown off Facebook.”

But after a Twitter campaign, loss of advertisers, and a petition that yielded over 188,000 signatures, Facebook has had a change of heart. Kind of.

The aforementioned pages have been removed – but they could have stuck around if only they had identified themselves as “humor.” From BBC News:

Controversial postings may remain if administrators add a tag stating they are humorous or satire.

Action was taken because page administrators failed to comply with Facebook’s request that they add the tags to their pages’ headlines, and became in breach of the firm’s terms and conditions.

Facebook’s own terms and conditions stipulate that “You will not post content that is hateful, threatening, or pornographic; incites violence; or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence.” Why Facebook was so reluctant to enforce these rules with the pro-rape pages is unclear. They’ve taken down pages in the past just for being too gay.

And why did Facebook first give the pages the opportunity to stick around by tagging themselves as humorous or satire? Is one little “Just kidding!” in the headline all it takes to get away with clear violations of Facebook standards?