"There is NO SHORTAGE of racists, anti-semites, Islamophobes, homophobes and more out there who, I’ve got to believe, know how to use the internet and have Facebook accounts. I’m sure they would love to populate Facebook pages with threatening, inciting content. I tried searching. Whereas “punch a woman” yields lots of communities and pages, alternatives just don’t come up. Give it a whirl. I imagine, Occam’s Razor and all that, that those pages are not up because Facebook censors them and not because violent haters of difference have been miraculously purged from the planet. For example, as Angie Becker Stevens pointed out last fall in Ms. Magazine, Facebook removes anti-semitic pages.
There are real and serious issues to be resolved regarding content, the Internet, free speech and sovereignty, but by its own behavior Facebook is demonstrating how this situation is not among them. There are clearly topics and content that Facebook does not condone. And, Dom and James seem perfectly capable of insulting their critics in other ways if they have to. It’s a small price to pay for making a statement against the denigration of girls and women in ways that are tied to the trivialization of both actual and virtual violence."
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