“This violent, hateful speech has no place in our media- whether it in print, on the airwaves, or online,” GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios said in a statement. “Facebook has taken an important first step in making social media a place where anti-gay violence is not allowed. Our community needs to continue to be vigilant and report instances of hateful comments and images across the site to Facebook moderators as well as post messages of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth.”
In the wake of the suicides of several gay teens, an event was posted Facebook inviting people to wear purple on Oct. 20 in memory of those who had died. Although the event got a lot of support, it also incited some inflammatory, anti-LGBT comments. Immediately, GLAAD contacted Facebook, and the social-networking site responded that it would monitor the “R.I.P. In memory of the recent suicides due to gay abuse, wear purple” event page very closely.
“Educating people about the lasting and damaging impacts of ignorant and hateful comments is a responsibility shared by parents, educators, organizations like GLAAD, and services like Facebook,” said Facebook spokesperson Andrew Noyes. “We take our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities very seriously and react quickly to reports of inappropriate content of behavior.”
“It’s not just about removing bad content, it’s also about preventing it,” said a blog post on Facebook’s safety page. “We believe that educating people about the lasting and damaging impact of hateful remarks is a shared responsibility and that’s why we routinely call upon top Internet safety experts – like members of our Safety Advisory Board – for advice and resources for our Safety Center and Safety Page.”
Facebook and GLAAD initially teamed up after anti-gay comments were posted to a Page dedicated to gay teens who had recently committed suicide. The Page focused on an event that called on people to honor the teens by wearing purple on Oct. 20. Facebook pledged to troll the site to better prevent that type of pejorative speech, rather than just responding to it.
With the expanded partnership, Facebook said it hopes to “provide better resources for LGBT teens and everyone who wants to keep the Internet a safe place.” Blocking bullies, reporting harassment, sticking up for others, thinking twice before posting, asking for help, and knowing that you’re not alone are six tips Facebook included in the post as ways users can help curb cyber-bullying themselves.
Facebook and GLAAD said this is just the beginning of their partnership and that they intend to continue to work closely together.
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