Facebook Page Claims “Mary Should´ve Aborted”
Date of incident: July 4, 2013
Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance
Attack against: Faith
Area of case: Private
An anti-Christian page on facebook stated that “Mary should have aborted”. The page was reported to the facebook service who answered that this content does not violate community standards on hate speech.The page shows a drawing of the virgin Mary who lifts up her dress and says, looking at her pregnant belly: "Fuck.” There are other insulting pictures, comics and statements on that facebook page, such as Mary saying: “It’s ok Joseph, I’m not a whore. The lord came upon me and I conceived.”; Joseph: “Yeah okay someone *came upon you* but I don’t think it was the lord.” This is “liked” by over 1900 people. A facebook user wrote to the facebook service to report that page. The answer was: “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 containing hate speech or symbols and found it DOESN’T violate our community standard on hate speech.”
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The social network site uses a moral-algorythm to detect and block users or groups that use hate-speech. But according to the above mentioned and various other incidents, this moral algorythm seems to have unbalanced settings: While there are thousands of groups and pages with anti-Christian content, Facebook does not allow anti-gay pages or comments.
An article by Giuliano Ferrara, chief editor of the Italian daily newspaper Il Foglio was censored by Facebook simply because it contained the word "frocio" (gay). Facebook´s algorythm classified "frocio" as a hate-word, even though homosexual men in Italy prefer calling themselves "frocio" instead of "homosexuals".