Facebook Says a Page about Murdering a Feminist Isn’t Harassment
Six hours ago, Jamie Bernstein alerted the other Skepchick contributors that a vile Facebook page had been set up asking “Should Miri Mogilevsky be murdered ?” Mogilevsky is a secular feminist who blogs at Brute Reason, a fact that apparently has upset someone.
The creator of the Facebook page, bravely remaining anonymous, writes on the page’s About section:
This page does not advocate any violence, or the breaking of any laws. It is, rather, an exercise in Free Speech.
Miri Mogilevsky is a blogger at Freethought Blogs
She does not allow posts on her page if she does not want them there. That is her right – it is a private page, and such a practice does not violate another’s right to free speech.
This page, however, is not controlled by Miri Mogilevsky, but as an advocate of free speech, I’m sure she will support this page’s right to exist.
Elsewhere on the page’s wall the person writes such insightful commentary as:
We should not ever break the law. Rather, we should advocate , through lawful land constitutional processes, to have the law changed so that it is legal to kill Miri Mogilevsy.
Alternatively, we should, where legal, request that Miria Mogilevsky kill herself. Relevant laws should be changed so that suicide, and advocating suicide, is legal. Otherwise, you should not encourage or assist anyone in committing suicide, nor should you kill yourself.
I even get a shout-out:
Is Miri Mogilevsky, who blogs at Brute Reason at Freethought blogs! a loyal American ?
Has she ever had sex with PZ Myers ?
Has she ever had sex with Rebecca Watson ?
Most of you don’t need any more evidence that this is a clear example of bullying. After being alerted by Jamie, we told Mogilesky about the page for her own safety and sent her screenshots for police to file, and we then reported the page as harassment. It didn’t take long for Facebook to respond to our reports, letting us know that they reviewed the page and found that it did not violate their standards:
Status: This page wasn’t removed
Details: Thank you for taking the time to report something that you feel may violate our Community Standards. Reports like yours are an important part of making Facebook a safe and welcoming environment. We reviewed the page you reported for harassment and found it doesn’t violate our community standard on bullying and harassment.
Note: If you have an issue with something on the page, be sure to report the content (ex: a photo), not the entire page. That way, your report will be more accurately reviewed.
Hey Facebook: if a page that is literally advocating for the murder of a woman isn’t considered harassment, what is?
I’m not sure it’ll help, but please report the page as harassment and if you want to go another step, let them know how you feel on Twitter by Tweeting @facebook.
Oh and maybe remind them that according to their own safety page, October is Bullying Awareness Month.
[notification type=”success”]Update! It looks as though the page is no longer there, though there’s no word on whether that’s due to Facebook responding to all the complaints they’ve been getting or some other reason.[/notification]