You can call someone the n-word and give her graphic instructions on how to kill herself, and you won’t get kicked off Facebook.Or you can tell a mother you hope her son gets raped, and you won’t get kicked off the world’s most popular social media platform. Or you can tell a mother whose 5-year-old daughter has died that “if your kids keep dying it’s god trying to tell u u don’t deserve them.”You can write to that mother: “F**k you c**t. Are you dead yet c**t? Fingers crossed. Spit on c**ts like you. You c**t dog. Die c**t. You piece of sh*t c**t dog. You are ignorant dumb dog. Die c**t.”Still, you can stay on Facebook.These are the findings of a six-month CNN investigation into bullying and harassment faced by parents, doctors and others who advocate for vaccination on Facebook.A Facebook spokesperson said the platform is conducting its own investigation as a result of CNN’s findings.
Facebook: We don’t tolerate bullying and harassment
Facebook officials — already under fire for the platform’s role in the 2016 election, among other issues — say they don’t tolerate bullying and harassment.
“We have a responsibility to keep people safe on our services — whether from terrorism, bullying, or other threats,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in November of last year.”Bullying and harassment happen in many places and come in many different forms,” according to Facebook’s community standards. “We do not tolerate this kind of behavior because it prevents people from feeling safe and respected on Facebook.”
However, CNN’s investigation calls these statements into question. Our investigation found Facebook sometimes allows users to stay on its platform even when they repeatedly violate Facebook’s standards on bullying and harassment, and verbally abuse others in the most hateful and violent of ways.For example, the woman who received the message calling her the n-word and telling her to slit her wrists reported the message to Facebook. Facebook determined that the message violated its community standards, and that the sender was a repeat offender — but still, the sender was allowed to stay on the platform until CNN started asking questions.”It’s horrific. It’s mind boggling,” said Andrew Marantz, author of a new book, “Antisocial.”“Facebook likes to call itself a community, and if they want to live up to that promise, at the very bare minimum they should try to protect people from stuff like this.”Even Zuckerberg says his company needs to do more.”On bullying and harassment, we have a lot of work still to do,” the Facebook CEO told reporters in May.