Boys are stupid, throw rocks at them–a letter to Facebook

I had reported a page “Boys are stupid… throw rocks at them” as promoting hate speech and inciting violence against a class of people of one sex/gender. The page was not removed.

I would request more precision on the criteria used by Facebook to identify whether something is considered hate speech or not.

When I reported the page “Boys are stupid… throw rocks at them” my assessment was based on item 3.7 of

“Statement of Rights and Responsibilities”

and the definition of “Hate Speech” found in

“Facebook Community Standards”

For former states [capitalization for emphasis mine]:

“You will not post content that: is HATE SPEECH, threatening, or pornographic; INCITES VIOLENCE; or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence.”

The latter states:
“Facebook does not permit hate speech, but distinguishes between serious and humorous speech. While we encourage you to challenge ideas, institutions, events, and practices, WE DO NOT PERMIT INDIVIDUALS OR GROUPS to attack others based on their RACE, ETHNICITY, national origin, religion, SEX, GENDER, sexual orientation, disability or medical condition.”

Regardless of the content’s cutesy and cartoonish representation, the statement clearly identifies one group, based on sex/gender and specifically directs the reader to “throw rocks at them”.

Were I to create an image of a brown female child with the caption “Girls are dirty… stone them”, would this be acceptable according to Facebook’s terms?

If Facebook acknowledges that an equivalent is acceptable, please understand that I intend to create just such an image and post it publicly on Facebook with the understanding that I have Facebook’s acknowledgment that the content is appropriate according to Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and Facebook Community Standards.

If Facebook does not believe that the proposed equivalent image is appropriate, then the criteria by which an item is compared to to verify conformity with the Statements of Rights and Responsibilities and the Community Standards should be elucidated publicly, lest Facebook be perceived as failing to apply the elements in an impartial manner and be in agreement that some groups merit special protections that another group is denied.

Thank you for your time, I look forward to the clarification.

Francis Roy

Screenshot of reporting Boys are stupid... throw rocks at them

Screenshot of reporting Boys are stupid… throw rocks at them


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