Facebook classifies white men as a protected group
Women had accounts banned from Facebook for responding to male trolls with sentences like ‘men are trash,’ in part because the company classifies white men as a protected group.
When comic Marcia
Belsky sarcastically replied “men are scum” to a friend’s Facebook post back in October, she never anticipated being banned from the platform for 30 days.
That was exactly what happened.
Belsky was shocked at the severity of the punishment considering her relatively innocuous comment, and immediately spoke to her fellow female friends about the ordeal. They could relate.
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, countless women have taken to Facebook to express their frustration and disappointment with men and have been promptly shut down or silenced, banned from the platform for periods ranging from one to seven days.
Women have posted things as bland as “men ain’t shit,” “all men are ugly,” and even “all men are allegedly ugly” and had their posts removed. They’ve been locked out of their accounts for suggesting that, since “all men are ugly,” country music star Blake Shelton “winning the sexiest man isn’t a triumph.”
“I personally posted men are scum in November and I received a seven-day ban. It’s still ongoing. Two days and 23 hours left,” said comedian Alison Klemp.
Kayla Avery, a comedian in Boston, said she’s been banned close to 10 times by Facebook and is serving out the end of her third 30-day ban.
MrVernonDursley: It pisses me off how much the article tries to defend the Women by referring to the Men as Trolls and suggesting the Company is only defending White Men. It’s Sexism, assh*les, and if you don’t accept that then you yourself are Sexist.
greybushes1987: simple if you said…
all black people are thieves (false)
all jews are cheap (false)
These are racist comments because you are judging an entire race or religion as one.
well guess what calling all men scum is sexist in the same way.
I feel bad that you have had to deal with men who are scum but guess what that doesn’t mean we are all scum so therefore its sexist and you get banned. suck it up.
ToadFromTalisman: So tired of hearing complaints about Facebook.
Are you paying facebook money to be able to use their service?
What does that mean?
You are a product.
[And not even an expensive one](https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/jan/28/how-much-are-you-worth-to-facebook).
You are a T-Shirt on Facebook’s shelf. And like [every](https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/11/30/567503989/walmart-pulls-t-shirts-that-hint-at-lynching-journalists) [other](https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/11/11/target-pulls-fidget-spinners-over-lead-concerns/855112001/) [retailer](https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/06/23/confederate-flag-walmart-roof-emanuel/29153957/), when they think a product hurts their bottom line, they pull it.
You are not a person, you are a product. Products do not have rights.
Deal with it.
Hanate333: I think it’s stupid that this got banned. But it’s also stupid when comments against other groups of people (races, sexualities, genders) of such a low insult caliber get banned. These comments aren’t even that strong, ban the comments that are actually, seriously, extremist. These aren’t, and this level of comment trolling really isn’t (especially if you can tell who the person is, like a comedian who doesn’t mean it).
To be clear, I’m not defending specifically these comments. I’m defending them more generally.
throwawayobvs628: So according to the article “men are scum” being reported leads to automatic ban, but try posting “women are scum” and reporting it nothing is done? This is justice in your eyes? Very telling.
GhostOfJimLahey: While it’s refreshing to see Facebook openly stating a rule will be applied regardless of sex, race, or religion… I am concerned about the complaints of men not being suspended for harassing and threatening posts. It seems like we’re at the point that if you don’t receive internet death threats, then you haven’t done anything of note.
makip: Justice was served because free speech offends you? Not trying to defend the trolls but banning anyone just for saying their stupid opinion is the newest worst thing in our society