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Facebook won't remove photo of woman 'begging to be raped'

You may have heard about the massive cyber-war against the Reddit group “Creepshot”, which featured users sharing surreptitiously taken pictures of women’s cleavages, upskirts etc. The war hit the headlines when one of the thread’s contributors was revealed to be a school teacher taking pictures of his own students in class. It seems now that some of its denizens have found a new home – Facebook.

Yesterday, a Facebook page titled “Creepshots” posted a photo of a woman in a short skirt with the caption “begging to be raped“:

Although almost all 45 comments (at time of writing) were negative and most promised to report the photo to the Facebook admins, 24 hours later it was still there, and users who attempted to report it today got the following response:

“Status: Content Not Removed

Details:Thank you for your report. We carefully reviewed the photo you reported, but found it doesn’t violate our community standard on hate speech so we didn’t remove it.”

Here, for example, is a screenshot of the response given to one user:

And here is another:

And so on and so on.

How on earth is “begging to be raped” not considered hate speech by Facebook? Seriously, it’s more than just getting them to remove the picture now: Users deserve to know just why the Facebook employee who reviewed the block request did not think this caption was beyond the pale.

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    1. Daniel

      Please all readers, post this article everywhere and report the page to facebook.

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    2. Aaron Gross

      “How on earth is `begging to be raped’ not considered hate speech by Facebook?”

      Uh, because it’s not hate speech. “Hate speech” is not “speech I hate.”

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      • misogynyKILLS

        aaron = gross

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      • aristeides

        If someone put up a page with a photo of kippa-wearing Jews (or even more so, Haredim) and titled it, “Begging to be gassed,” I suppose Aaron wouldn’t consider that hate speech either.

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        • Aaron Gross

          No, I wouldn’t.

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          • Rachel

            “Hate speech is a communication that carries no meaning other than the expression of hatred for some group, especially in circumstances in which the communication is likely to provoke violence.”

            How does that not apply?

            “It is an incitement to hatred primarily against a group of persons defined in terms of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and the like. Hate speech can be any form of expression regarded as offensive to racial, ethnic and religious groups and other discrete minorities or to women.”

            – Source: http://definitions.uslegal.com/h/hate-speech/

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          • Nicole

            Hate speech aside, I see this as a credible threat of violence against this woman and many like her.

            Facebook has the option of a threat of violence when reporting pages/photos.

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    3. Lauren

      I find FB’s attitude disgraceful and outrageous. Thanks for this article.

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    4. Ruthie

      Aaron, hate speech is defined as “communication that vilifies a person or a group on the basis of color, disability, ethnicity, gender, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, or other characteristic.”
      Saying a woman is desiring or worthy of *rape*–a violent assault on her body–is blatantly misogynistic, and is thus hate speech against women. Many men don;t understand the risk inherent in simply being the less powerful, socially and physically, of the two sexes, but many also try to make the effort, and don’t excuse incitement of some of the worst kind of violence against women.

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    5. Sam Hocevar

      Makes you wonder what Facebook would say about pictures of black people tagged as “begging to be hanged” or “begging to work in my cotton fields”.

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    6. Adele

      Oh, FB has very clean hands (not) in this scenario ! Look what I found, after my report of that photo as hate speech was, similarly, replied to with “This photo wasn’t removed”.
      I quote from “Facebook community standards”:

      “If you see something on Facebook that you believe violates our terms, you should report it to us. Please keep in mind that reporting a piece of content does not guarantee that it will be removed from the site.

      Because of the diversity of our community, it’s possible that something could be disagreeable or disturbing to you without meeting the criteria for being removed or blocked. For this reason, we also offer personal controls over what you see, such as the ability to hide or quietly cut ties with people, Pages, or applications that offend you.”

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    7. Xiao Mao

      It seems to be taken down… not like it isn’t one of millions of misogynist images and posts in FaceShit… Keep it up, y’all. Never give up.

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    8. Una Baines

      How can you not remove this totally offensive misogynistic post that is saying women are asking to be raped and violated? This is a violent and terrifying crime which is sadly far too commonplace.How can you condone this abuse of women and allow this post to pass as acceptable?

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    9. I am guessing that the reason the fb employee in question who didn’t believe this page is hatespeak, is because facebook is run by men who have contempt for women and find hatespeak against us as a group, perfectly normal. When it’s pointed out that something is hatespeak, they are bewildered and sceptical because for them, it’s just the normal way of speaking about half the human race.

      So when they see a page put up by rapists to support rape and bond with each other over how funny it is, they can’t see how disgusting that is. Their instinct is always to side with rapists, not rape victims.

      Because their instincts are corrupted by their sexism.

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      • The Trespasser

        No, silly.
        Our instincts IS our sexism.

        P.S. What would you tell if a woman would post an image of sexy semi-nude man with the text “begging to be raped”?

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        • Zoey Farasha

          Regardless of the physical attractiveness (which is subjective, so sexy to you might not be sexy to me and vice versa) or state of dress of the man, I would tell you the truth: that you are a sociopath and that I was not only reporting it to FB, but I was screenshotting it and making every effort to alert the police in your area, because a sociopathic potential rapist was making threats.


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          • The Trespasser

            You haven’t answered the question. Nevermind though, we both know that you would do nothing.

            p.s. By Muslim standards every woman who is not dressed modestly is… how should I put it… well, you know what I mean.

            Police of what area should be warned? And if police does not help, what people with conscience should do?

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          • Jsmith

            so what you are saying is that in your religion women bring rape upon themselves if they aren’t covered up?
            you are a disgusting human being, men should control themselves and NO woman should ever feel threatened of sexual attack merely over their clothing. women should have the freedom to wear what they want and not feel afraid!

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    10. Doug Zachary

      There have been a number of things that I have seen recently that lead me to believe that Facebook has a misogynist bias. If something does not change I will discontinue using Facebook soon.

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      • aristeides

        Facebook was started by a bunch of college nerds who wanted to rank girls by hotness. Not much has changed.

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    11. craig

      Deactivating my Facebook page was something I had considered before I read this story, but now I am preparing to do it immediately. This company is going down the drain.

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    12. keiko

      sorry but if they can take that down just for SAYING begging to be rapped then we don’t live in america cause THAT IS CALLED FREEDOM OF SPEECH NO HATE if it said something like dumb ass lesbian begging to be rapped okay but seriously get over yourself some girls are fucking stupid and make mountains out of mole hills

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    13. Kathy

      Is My Space still hanging around? Frankly I always liked it. Guess I could Twitter. Are they any better? It’s b.s. and everybody knows it. Facebook knows it. They just expect to get away with it

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    14. Eli

      In facebook’s defense, I think they only examine the photo, not the accompanying message.

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    15. Anon

      The picture is perfectly fine, and that is what people are reporting. Not the user content desc. You cannot at this time report an image’s desc, only the image itself.

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