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Facebook refuses to Remove Revenge Porn Post published in a Secret, Gender Exclusive Group: Report

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Sydney, May 31, 2017: In a stark contrast to community standards, Facebook has reportedly refused to remove a fat shaming, revenge porn post published in a secret, gender exclusive group that has over 14,000 male members.

According to a report in Northern Star on Tuesday, the post showed a man having sex with a female partner accompanied with a disgusting caption.

“What is the biggest whale that you have harpooned? I went through a tubby phase and landed this 130kg beast,” read the caption accompanying the post in the secret group.

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The post garnered more than 230 likes and 103 comments but none of the members defended the girl except Hayden Brein who reported it to facebook.

However, Brein was informed that the post did not breach Facebook’s Community Standards and wouldn’t be removed.

“I bite my tongue over the daily misogynistic, racist, homophobic and generally uneducated posts in the group because hey, this is a safe space for the working class Aussie males,” Brein wrote.

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“This, however, crosses the line in a very, very big way, and needs to be stopped immediately. Men’s groups can be a great help to plenty of people going through tough times, but ‘banter’ is no excuse for this sort of behaviour,” he added.

In an attempt to get the post removed, Brein published a screenshot of the content and asked others to share it around, so facebook would be pressured into taking action.

The case is similar to the female-only group “Bad Girls Advice” that the facebook also refused to shut down, after it shared unsolicited naked photos, condoning violence against men, promoting bestiality and fun of the last recent Manchester bombing attack.

“The content that is shared on facebook must comply with our Community Standards. If we become aware of content that does not comply, we will remove it,” the report quoted a facebook spokeswoman as saying in relation to the Bad Girls Advice page. (IANS)

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Facebook Takes Action on The Terror-Related Content

Facebook took action on 1.9mn terror-related content

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Facebook took action on 1.9 million pieces of content related to the Islamic State (IS) and Al Qaeda in the first quarter of 2018, twice as much as the last quarter of 2017.

The key part is that Facebook found the vast majority of this content on its own.

“In Q1 2018, 99 per cent of the IS and Al Qaeda content we took action on was not user reported,” Monika Bickert, Vice President of Global Policy Management at Facebook, said in a blog post late on Monday.

“Taking action” means that Facebook removed the vast majority of this content and added a warning to a small portion that was shared for informational or counter speech purposes.

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“This number likely understates the total volume, because when we remove a profile, Page or Group for violating our policies, all of the corresponding content becomes inaccessible.

But we don’t go back through to classify and label every individual piece of content that supported terrorism,” explained Brian Fishman, Global Head of Counterterrorism Policy at Facebook.

Facebook now has a counter-terrorism team of 200 people, up from 150 in June 2017.

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“We have built specialised techniques to surface and remove older content. Of the terrorism-related content we removed in Q1 2018, more than 600,000 pieces were identified through these mechanisms,” the blog post said.

“We’re under no illusion that the job is done or that the progress we have made is enough,” said Facebook.

“Terrorist groups are always trying to circumvent our systems, so we must constantly improve,” the company added.  IANS

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