Taking Facebook to Task

May 21, 2013 by Michele Kort

A new campaign seeks to force Facebook to censor “sexist” content, and the examples used are easy to understand.


Censorship is usually the knee-jerk, easy response to troubling issues.  That is why it is a bad idea.  What are the other options?

My Response to this call for censorship of Facebook:

“There’s a better way to confront them. They expose who they are, their identities, by doing this. Shouldn’t the people making the threats be held personally accountable, rather than punishing the medium (Facebook)?

A better approach would be to get their own statements to backfire on them in their personal lives. By silencing it, and making them curtail their conversations to private places, you lose your knowledge of them and their activities. Worse still you make topics like rape and abuse verboten and prohibited on Facebook. That is always the end result of censorship and selective “moderation.” Films and fiction that deal with topcs like this will be off-limits on the new, “politically correct” Facebook, that you yourselves are pushing for. This is not a simple issue, despite the glaring examples that can be cherry picked. Censorship always brings unintended consequences and a slippery slope.







The Everyday sexism Project is also involved with the censorship drive.  Their own website is pretty good reading for anecdotes.   Would its content be censored on the new Facebook they are pushing for?




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