Facebook’s posting guidelines again under fire as Change.org petition launches.
Facebook is feeling some heat after a Change.org petition began gaining some momentum over the weekend through social media. The petition started by Masai Andrews of Albany, NY. accuses Facebook of unfairly banning accounts of people of color (POC), Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming (GNC) persons.
The petition is gaining attention through hashtags #BlackLivesMatter #TransLivesMatter #WheresTheJustice and #UnbanALLDaHomies.
The petition details multiple allegations against Facebook, including:
- Trans and GNC individuals still being forced to use their “dead name” (their name before gender transition) after a previous policy reversal or risk having their accounts banned.
- Black and Brown individuals receiving lengthy bans for questionable offenses and/or unspecified violations of Facebook’s “community standards.”
- The closing of Korrine Gaines’ Facebook account moments before her shooting death by Baltimore County Police.
- Allowing anti-Black racism and racist sentiment to saturate comment sections, as well as inboxes of people of color.
- Banning prominent activist Shaun King for sharing an email containing racist threats made against him.
- Allowing threats of violence and depictions of violence against POC to remain published and unmoderated.
- Removing posts that are maliciously targeted and flagged by white supremacist groups and/or law enforcement agencies.
This is far from the first time that Facebook has been called out for suppressing free speech. During the political primaries, Facebook pages for six pro-Bernie Sanders groups were removed in April, and in July, Facebook briefly pulled the infamous Facebook Live video showing Philando Castile dying after being shot by police at a traffic stop.
In August, the company suspended two Libertarian Facebook pages for days. Facebook maintains that sometimes pages or accounts are suspended because of “technical glitches” or human error.
Facebook officials were not immediately available Monday to comment on the petition.