Women’s Views on News:
campaign against Facebook to shut down pages that advocate rape

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

12.12.11: Alternet

15.11.11: New York Times and the 1000 year old man and Ms Blog

12.11.11: Women’s Views on News

11.11.11: Eve Ensler at The Huffington Post: Over it.

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…

3.11.11: Change.org sends out new press release and attracts more media coverage

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’:

You know she’s playing hard to get when your chasing her down an alleyway (sic).

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.

Jane Osmond

Co-editor, Women’s Views on News

Last updated 17.2.12


8 Responses to About

  1. CARING ONE says:



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  2. Kenda Mogford says:

    Should it be removed? I can’t believe people are actually asking that question! Of course it should be removed! It’s appaling and disgusting! I was mortified when I found out and I’ve never had to endure that awful experience….imagine how those feel that have. If it is not removed I will be removing my profile from facebook and I will make it my mission to spread the word; in fact, I’ve already started.

  3. Marjorie Yamvrias says:

    I agree, rape is never funny.

  4. thriftgirl62 says:

    All this attention server no purpose other than giving these idiots even more perverse pleasure than if you just ignore a couple of jokes between a few sick friends.

    Instead of telling Facebook to take a public stand, why not suggest how nice it would be if all outside channels were cut off so nobody but those idiots can even see what they post. Adding a few lines of rotating code would keep them so busy, it’s not even funny! Not anymore.

    Or, keep them bragging long enough to coax some actual details, photos and video footage that can be used against them in a Court of Law? Still not funny…or is it?

  5. Hi thriftgirl, the problem with not highlighting what is going on is that there is no public debate, so we had to weigh up the increased attention against not getting any publicity. Tricky at best.

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