Monday, September 8, 2014

Former Facebook Employee Launches Women.Com, The Internet’s First Women-Only Social Network by Carolyn Cox

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Recent events have shown that the Internet is a safe and inclusive space for all women (JK, LOL, AHOO-HOO-HAH-HAH). Thankfully, former Facebook employee Susan Johnson has launched Women.com, a question-driven social media site that may make that dream as close to a reality as possible—and considering her aspirations for the platform, I couldn’t be more excited.

Women.com is still in an invite-only beta stage (you can request to join via Twitter. I’m hoping to check out the party soon), and, much like Yahoo Answers, is a forum where users can pose questions and then upvote results. However, unlike the anonymous respondents on Yahoo, a Women.Com account links back to the user’s Facebook. This way members have some accountability even when accessing a more private platform than Facebook to pose tricky questions. (Slate’s article on Women.com lists a sample question as “Friend’s husband is cheating. Do I say something?” Not necessarily a question you want on your wall, unless the answer is definitely “yes.”)

Read more here.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Article about Book Destigmatizing Breasts Filtered Out for Showing… Breasts By Soraya Chemaly

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The piece below was published in The Guardian today by Ruth Lewy. Facebook is barring shares using the Guardian links. They are reviewing the problem, but until then I’m posting this here for Laura, the creator of the project, as an alternative link so that it can be shared.

These interviews are edited excerpts from Laura Dodsworth’s project Bare Reality. She is fundraising for a book of the project; visit kickstarter.com and search for Bare Reality.

Read more here.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

My Personal Facebook page has been disabled by Facebook








This is all the information I have at the moment. I will appeal.

Update: I went through the "appeal" process, which required me to identify very random pictures of my friends on Facebook, some of which were completely identifiable. After "passing", I received another notice. Several other admins on The Girl God page received this notice as well.






This is referring to the Lucy Hilmer series of photographs posted to The Girl God page last week.


"For 40 years, I've photographed myself on my birthday wearing nothing but my white Lollipop underpants, shoes and socks. I made my first Birthday Suit self-portrait in Death Valley, CA in 1974.

Without fail, I’ve faced my camera every April 22nd since then to create a coded history of one woman’s journey through time.

As a girl-child of the 1950s, I came of age before women’s lib, and wanted to buck the stereotypes of a culture that branded me a pretty girl, thin enough to be a fashion model and not much more. Armed with my camera and tripod, I found a way to define myself on my own terms in the most open, vulnerable way I could.

My long-term project will continue for as long as I live. In 2015, I turn 70. I’m currently working on a book & film about my Birthday Suits."





You can see the photographs here.  Apparently, they are not suitable for Facebook.  God forbid they allow anything "beautiful and affirming".

Monday, July 21, 2014

Another @Facebook Page Shut Down #Gaza - @ShehabAgency

It seems that the Shehab Shehab News Agency page with more than 1.2 million fans has disappeared from Facebook.

The page is very important and significant role in the follow-up to the news, transported and moved the global solidarity with # Gaza.

Administrators of the page were first reportedly given a 24 hour ban after posting a picture of a wounded child in Gaza.

The page was reportedly shut down earlier today with no additional warnings or reason.

A new page has been started here

More information to follow.

Many thanks to The uprising of women in the Arab world انتفاضة المرأة في العالم العربي‎ for alerting me to this situation.

Monday, July 14, 2014

How Many Activist Pages will Facebook Shut Down? #PalestineUnderAttack


It seems Facebook has shut down several other pages of Palestinian activists.  I awoke to the following information via a trusted friend:

"Truth doesn't need to ban anything. Why is this happening? What would happen if a pro-Israeli Facebook page was removed?

"The Muslim Public Affairs Committee page has been banned by Zios, 90,000 members all pro Palestinians and they banned it. Don't let this stand one of the few places that Palestine has a voice is on Facebook, if we allow them to ban Mpac then next they will silence any pro Pal voice. Please, please share on your pages, tweet do what ever but complain to Facebook and get the page reinstated. "

Please sign the petition here to have their page reinstated.

They have also started a new page MPACUK1Ummah

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Trevor LaBonte, a friend who is very critical of Israel, was banned from Facebook for seven days yesterday. His other account has also been banned for the last 36 hours.

#Gaza #Activists #SaveGaza #Israel #StopIsrael #StopGenocide#Genocide"

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Via Mirela Monte - special thanks to Gloria Torres for sharing this with me.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Palestinian Activist and Photographer Hamde Abu's Facebook Page Shut Down


Palestinian Activist and Photographer Hamde Abu had his personal page removed from Facebook today.  I spoke to Hamde today via Skype.  Just to reiterate for those who are worried, Hamde is fine and in good spirits, despite everything.

Approximately 7 hours ago, Hamde was notified that has account had been suspended.  He received the following message.

"Facebook is a community where people use their real identities. We require everyone to provide their real first and last names and real birthday so you always know who you're connecting with. Your account is temporarily suspended because your timeline doesn't list your real name.

To reopen this account, please reply to this email stating your real name (as it would be listed on a government-issued ID like a passport or drivers license). Once we know your real name, we can update your timeline and reactivate your account."

The timing for the removal of his page for those who are following what is happening now in Palestine is suspect.  Facebook did change their rules several months ago, but it was only today that his page was taken down.

One of Hamde's last updates on Facebook: "the latest update from Gaza strip,
86 were killed since the Israeli operation in Gaza ,and more than 550 were reported injured."

Furthermore, it is troubling that activists in parts of the world where they may not want their full identities known are targeted this way.

Hamde told me that he had sent in his Full legal name along with a copy of his passport twice already to Facebook.  As we spoke, he sent me a copy of that same passport and we tried to do it again from my end.

There's no telling when or if his personal page will be restored, but it is concerning that so much of the visual history he has captured, particularly in these last weeks, will not be visible or accessible to anyone.

His Photography page is still up, but he is unable to post there with his personal page suspended. To support Hamde in the interim, please continue to share his photos from that page.


I will continue share updates here as I get them.

The page is still down with no response from Facebook as of Saturday 8pm PST.

Sign the Change.org petition here.

Several other activist pages have also been blocked or banned.  Read more here

Hamde's page was restored at approximately 5pm PST on Tuesday, July 15th.