Discrimination: Everyday Sexism Project takes the fight to Facebook
Charlotte Philby is a writer at The Independent with a weekly column on motherhood in The Independent Magazine. She was shortlisted for the 2013 Cudlipp award for excellence in popular journalism for her undercover investigative work, and writes for various cultural magazines.
Wednesday 22 May 2013
Stepping up its relentless campaign against casual misogyny, the Everyday Sexism Project, which documents “everyday experiences of sexism to prove how bad the problem is and create solidarity”, is taking on one of the world’s most prolific companies in its bid to tackle gender-based discrimination.
In an open letter to Facebook, the London-based movement – which has nearly 50,000 Twitter followers – demands “swift, comprehensive and effective action addressing the representation of rape and violence on [its site]”.
To this end, the equality crusaders – masterminded by Laura Bates – is urging the world’s most popular social networking site (whose CEO Sheryl Sandberg’s recent bestseller Lean In calls on women to stand up for themselves in the workplace) “to contact advertisers whose ads appear next to content that targets women for violence, to ask these companies to withdraw from advertising on Facebook until you… ban gender-based hate speech on your site”.
The letter points out that pages such as "Violently Raping Your Girlfriend Just for Laughs" legitimise gender-based violence at a time when one of the two women murdered in Britain each week dies at the hands of a partner or former partner.
A spokesman for Facebook said: “There is no place on Facebook for hate speech or content that is threatening, or incites violence… [However] distasteful content on its own does not violate our policies.”
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