Target: Facebook Founder, Chairman, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Goal: Ban pages that promote animal cruelty on Facebook
While social media site Facebook does have Community Standards that dictate the content allowed on Facebook, there is currently no direct rules about pages that promote animal cruelty. These pages often slip under the radar, resulting in numerous pages promoting the pain and suffering of innocent animals. The standards must be revised to include a specific statement banning the promotion of animal cruelty.
The Facebook Community Standards currently state, “Graphic images shared for sadistic effect or to celebrate or glorify violence have no place on our site.” However, numerous pages promoting animal cruelty have still been allowed to exist despite their obscene, violent, and sadistic nature. Events are created to encourage disgusting acts of animal abuse and graphic pictures are being posted in twisted celebration of the torture and death of animals.
As the current Community Standards statement is too general, a revision must be made immediately to prevent any content that supports or encourages animal cruelty. Clauses should be added to the “Violence and Threats” section, as well as the “Graphic Content” section of the Community Standards to include banning all forms of promotion of crimes against animals, and existing pages should be immediately removed. Urge Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to display his support of the humane treatment of animals by banning the promotion of animal cruelty on Facebook.
Dear Mr. Zuckerberg,
I was shocked and appalled to learn that many pages and events promoting the heinous torture and killing of animals are in existence on Facebook. Because of the general nature of the current Community Standards, these horrifying pages are somehow slipping under the radar. For the sake of countless animals worldwide, the standards should be revised to include a specific statement banning the promotion of animal cruelty.
As you know, the standards currently state that sadistic graphic images and the celebration of violence are not allowed on Facebook, but sadistic events encouraging violence against animals and graphic pictures celebrating the suffering and torture of animals are somehow being overlooked. Specific clauses referencing animal cruelty should be added to the “Violence and Threats” section and the “Graphic Content” section of the standards and existing pages promoting animal cruelty should be promptly removed. I urge you to show the world your support of the humane treatment of animals and make these revisions to ban all forms of promotion of animal cruelty on Facebook.
[Your Name Here]
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