This blog was set up in 2011 to chronicle a fight against Facebook to get the platform to take down just one of the thousands of rape joke pages. We succeeded in getting Facebook to take the page down, but did not win the overall fight, as other, equally abhorrent pages were allowed to stay up as long as they were classified as ‘humour’.
However, a more recent campaign successfully pushed Facebook into examining its terms and conditions, and we await developments with interest.
Media archives for 2011 campaign:
17.2.12: Facebook Irony Fail
15.12.11: The Good Men Project
12.11.11: Women’s Views on News
9.11.11: Four demands for Facebook
9.11.11: BBC News and latest media coverage
5.11.11: VICTORY!!! the page is finally taken down!!!! But the fight goes on…
1.11.11: Join the Change.org Twitter campaign on Wednesday 2.11.11
23.10.11: Wales on Sunday
19.10.11: Coverage has reached Zimbabwe
18.10.11: The Huffington Post
17.10.11: Sunday Telegraph article reprinted all over Canada
16.10.11: Coverage in Sunday Telegraph
14.10.11: New Zealand launches a campaign: a total of four countries now involved – see right.
12/10/11: New media release
7/10/11: The page has been whitelisted (advertising has been stripped from the page), but the jokes get worse.
At the beginning of August 2011, Women’s Views on News were alerted to a Facebook page that contains so called ‘rape jokes':
Despite many ‘reports’ to Facebook attempting to get the page taken down, Facebook refused, stating:
“It is very important to point out that what one person finds offensive another can find entertaining – just as telling a rude joke won’t get you thrown out of your local pub, it won’t get you thrown off Facebook.” (Given to the Annie Othen Show, BBC WM Radio, 17.8.11)
“Direct statements of hate against particular communities violate our statement of rights and responsibilities and are removed when reported to us,” Facebook said. “However, groups that express an opinion on a state, institution, or set of beliefs – even if that opinion is outrageous or offensive to some – do not by themselves violate our policies”. (Given to Guardian 30/9/11)
In response, Rapeneverfunny was set up in order to publicise Facebook’s refusal and also encourage people to sign a petition set up by Orlagh in the UK, and another set by John in the US against numerous other, equally offensive pages.
Please make your voice heard.
Co-editor, Women’s Views on News
Last updated 17.2.12