Target: Mark Zuckerberg
Goal: Ban Facebook pages promoting sex trafficking
Facebook is home to many pages which feature pornographic images of sex trade workers, many of whom are there against their will because they have been kidnapped or enslaved. The pages with these likely victims of human trafficking are not only promoting the practice, but also violate Facebook’s Terms of Service policies. Zuckerberg must uphold the terms of his website and condemn the practice of sex trafficking.
Facebook is strict in banning sexual content including limitations on nudity, particularly when it involves minors. Yet several pages contain images of women, most likely both minors and victims of sex trafficking, in sexually explicit situations. When such pages were reported, the response from Zuckerberg was that they were not able to confirm any violations of their community standards; meanwhile, Facebook has been quick to take down pictures of breast cancer survivors and other subject matter which provides hope and inspiration.
The horrors of human trafficking are still ever present around the globe, and much must be done to stop it in full. But the fact Facebook is so quick to enforce their standards on all photos but those which portray likely victims of sexual slavery is repugnant. This sort of double standard is part of a much darker part of the social networking site, and must be corrected.
By signing the petition below, you will help show Zuckerburg that his implicit condoning of human sexual trafficking is unacceptable. Though only a small step, it is vital in putting a stop to a worldwide travesty.
Dear Mark Zuckerberg,
Facebook contains several pages which depict women who are most likely victims of human trafficking in various pornographic images. This not only violates the Community Standards on your website, but is horribly offensive. They need to be removed and regulations against such pages and photos must be held stronger in the future.
Your terms of service clearly state sexually explicit or pornographic content is forbidden, particularly in the case of minors. Several of the pages in question here portray women who are not only likely victims of sexual slavery but minors as well. Yet when people reported them, the only response they received was that violations could not be confirmed. This is unacceptable, especially considering the strictness with which you have censored other photographs which are not of such an insidious nature.
Please take action to remove the pages and photographs from your website, and make sure such content does not emerge in the future. It is the least you can do to live up to the terms and conditions posted onto your website, not least as a human being.
[Your Name Here]
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