Target: Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook
Goal: Commend action against hate speech and vile pictures posted on Facebook.
Facebook is currently making historical progress in its community policies. In response to numerous offensive posts on the website and pleads from activist communities for stricter policies, the social media conglomerate has rewritten its rules for using its website. This is a positive step in the direction of no longer accepting hate and hate speech on a major social media outlet.
There has been a recent onslaught of offensive, graphic images on Facebook. Many of these offensive posts feature battered women and children. There is also a group on the website for rapists to come together. Nissan, a large retailer, has pulled its advertisements from the website for the time being. While many people will defend these posts with the rights that the First Amendment grants, Facebook has officially declared that it will not tolerate posts with this content.
The website is revising its policies against hate speech. Because a majority of the hate speech has been directed towards women, this is an area that Facebook plans to focus on. Facebook is planning on re-training its website moderators to better identify dangerous language and remove it immediately. Applaud Facebook for refusing to condone this behavior and protecting its users.
Dear Mr. Zuckerberg,
There has been a recent onslaught of hate speech and threatening comments posted to Facebook. Many of these comments have scared or offended certain groups of people, particularly women. This behavior is not only scary but dangerous and should not be taken lightly. Thankfully, Facebook is taking graphic images of beaten women and groups dedicated to glorifying rape as threats to the safety of its community. For this, I thank you.
The Everyday Sexism Project has been a major player in Facebook’s decision to rewrite its community guidelines and policies. With this group’s influence, as well as companies like Nissan pulling advertisements from the website, it is safe to say that people who post threatening language or pictures need to be taken seriously.
Thank you for training your staff to notice these threatening posts and take action, as well as rewriting your guidelines to better protect people from this slander on your website. It is my hope that groups of people and individuals who violate your new policies are removed from Facebook and not allowed to return. I urge you to continue your focus on these hate crimes.
[Your Name Here]
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