Facebook banned a woman for sharing the awful, sexist messages sent to her.

Facebook banned a woman for sharing the awful, sexist messages sent to her.
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Facebook apparently can't tell the difference between someone being abusive and someone trying to raise awareness of abuse.

You might remember Australian writer Clementine Ford — a few days ago, we wrote about her awesome feminist response to an Australian TV show for victim-blaming women who take nude photos:

I have taken nude photos of myself and sent them to lovers. I've taken nude photos of myself when I'm bored. I've taken...
Posted by Clementine Ford on Thursday, June 18, 2015


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Shortly after posting this, Ford started receiving a deluge of offensive messages on Facebook, calling her names and asking for nude pics:

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Posted by Clementine Ford on Thursday, June 18, 2015


I'm sure the above message was effective, because if there's one thing that convinces me to share a nude pic with a stranger, it's misspelling a word and then replacing the o's with zeros. That's how you know someone is classy.

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Ford received over 1,000 messages like this:

Trying to raise awareness of the abuse, Ford began reposting the messages she received. But Facebook suspended her account, saying that Ford was "violating community standards."

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Throughout this, the abuse from the jerks continued, although Ford also received support from some of her friends:

Finally, as of last night, Facebook reinstated Ford's account. While Ford is relieved, she also pointed out on Twitter that she had a lot of support that others might not have:

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Facebook is a huge and powerful tool for raising awareness. Hopefully they will take this as an opportunity to examine how they enforce their community standards, especially since Facebook itself states in its standards that "People can use Facebook challenge ideas, institutions, and practices. Such discussion can promote debate and greater understanding. Sometimes people share content containing someone else's hate speech for the purpose of raising awareness or educating others about that hate speech."

Sounds good, Facebook. Let's see that in action.

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