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Facebook Will Crack Down On Those Gross Anti-Woman Groups
- 05/30/2013 10:03 AM EDT Sci/Tech
Activitists are outraged at Facebook for allowing hate-speech against women, including references to rape and murder, to be posted and remain live on the site. Major advertisers have withdrawn their campaigns from the social media giant after receiving more than 5,000 emails and 60,000 posts on Twitter protesting the lack of action.
Facebook admitted in a statement that its "systems to identify and remove hate speech have failed to work as effectively as [they] would like." They plan on enacting change by requiring users to input their real identities, establish more open communication with activists, and by updating their training programs for employees to identify which content must be removed.
Groups such as Women, Action and the Media (often called just WAM!) and the Everyday Sexism project led the charge, pointing to groups like the one titled "Violently Raping Your Friend Just For Laughs" and posts showing a woman surrounded in a pool of blood with the caption "I like her for her brains."