Monday, March 31, 2014

Cesarean Birth Photo reported for graphic violence on Facebook.

Radical feminist activist Cathy Brennan was reported for violating Facebook's "Community Standards" for posting a picture of her c-section birth.  Apparently BIRTH is now a threat to the public safety and/or depicts harm to someone.  

                                 Do birth photos violate Facebook's community standards?

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Shame on Facebook

Good resource on inappropriate FB content that they won't take down, for instance, the inappropriate child video with horrific comments last week that was shared by thousands before it was finally removed.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

There's no place to hide from justice

Internet trolls in the UK were warned yesterday that there's no place to hide from justice, and they can expect arrest if they threatened or abused people online. 

Culture secretary Maria Miller said that the same rules would be applicable online as well as off and stressed that just because people engaged in this behaviour over the internet,  it wasn't a lawless zone.

Speaking at the Oxford Media Convention, Miller said: "Whether it is images of child abuse or terrorist material we will use the full force of the law, both national and international, to take down that content and pursue the perpetrators.  If you are vilely insulted, or threatened to attack someone in person on the street, you do so expecting to be arrested and charged.  The same applies to social media."

The government has been cracking down hugely on online trolls, with over 2000 people prosecuted last year.

Read Full article here.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood: Why We Turned Down $290,000

$290,000. That’s a ton of money for a small nonprofit like CCFC—more than 90% of our 2013 budget.

When we were selected to receive that windfall as part of the settlement of a class action lawsuit, we were initially thrilled. CCFC was one of thirteen nonprofit organizations chosen to receive a cy pres award as part of the settlement of the Fraley v. Facebook lawsuit. Among other issues, the lawsuit addressed Facebook’s use of teenagers’ names and images in advertisements without permission from parents.

We knew that all settlements are compromises, but we believed this one would help protect teens on Facebook. But after reading objections from advocacy groups whose work aligns with ours, we began to have doubts. So we consulted an independent firm of consumer protection lawyers to get their expert opinion.

We now believe that this settlement is actually worse than no settlement. It harms vulnerable teenagers and their families under the guise of helping them. Its purported protections are largely illusory and it will actually undermine future efforts to protect minors on Facebook. In fact, it is in direct violation of our mission to help parents raise healthy families by limiting commercial access to children.

For these reasons, we are refusing the money and opposing the settlement. Today we filed a letter to the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit urging the court to overturn the settlement and spur the plaintiffs and Facebook to negotiate an agreement that would really protect minors. It’s the first time—ever—an advocacy organization has turned down a cy pres award in order to oppose a settlement.

Here's what you can do to help:

  • Share this story from today’s New York Times which details CCFC’s and other advocacy group’s objections to the Facebook settlement.
  • Spread the word CCFC about CCFC’s unwavering commitment to children by sharing this email with family and friends. And please share it on Facebook & Twitter, too.
  • We’re proud that we steadfastly value children more than the bottom line. And we’re proud of this decision, even though it was costly. We hope that you’re proud, too. Please consider a special donation to CCFC today. 
We recognize that it’s unusual for a small nonprofit like us to turn down such a large sum of money. We could do a lot of good with $290,000. But we choose not to benefit from a settlement which we now realize is harmful to children and will impede future efforts to protect minors’ privacy on Facebook. We will not compromise our integrity, the trust of our supporters, and, especially, the wellbeing of children.

Thanks for you all you do,

Susan Linn & Josh Golin
Director & Associate Director

Monday, January 27, 2014

How To See All The Companies That Are Tracking You On Facebook — And Block Them

"Facebook is a great utility if you want to stay in touch with friends and family, share photos, and see what other people are up to in their lives.It's free to use, of course, but that doesn't mean it comes without a price. If you're using Facebook, you're giving the company a ton of information about yourself which it is selling to advertisers in one form or another.

And most people forget that when they download or sign up for an app or website using their Facebook login, that they're giving those companies a direct look into their Facebook profiles and some of their personal data. That can often include your email address and phone number, but frequently also your current location."

Great how-to article by Jim Edwards on Business Insider.  See full article here:

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Facebook page is trafficking boys in Pakistan

"Beautiful Teen Boys Of Pakistan" is a Facebook page with over 2,500 likes. Some of these boys look no more than 8-years-old.  The caption on the pictures often says: "Z*** from lahore a Innocent and stylish boy style of beauty ..... if u want friendship with this boy register ur self today and get contact and fb id link info and other details of this boy."

Please report this page to anyone you think can help

The CyberTipline is the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's reporting mechanism for suspected child sexual exploitation. To make a report visit

After reporting this page, Facebook said:

This page wasn't removed
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 nudity or pornography and found it doesn't violate our Community Standards.

If you look at the comments section of the page, you will see that many people have also reported this page to Facebook and received a similar response.

If you read through the comments on the pictures of these boys, you will literally lose your lunch.

Update 1/27/14: After many people complained to Facebook, they seem to have taken down the page.  Someone forwarded this message:

"We reviewed the page you reported for containing credible threat of violence. Since it violated our Community Standards, we removed it. Thanks for your report. We let Beautiful Teen Boys Of Pakistan know that their Page has been removed, but not who reported it. Facebook never discloses who submits a report."

However, our work is not done. Pages like this continue to exist and will continue to pop up.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Max Dashu of Suppressed Histories Archives blocked from Facebook for 3 Days

Here is the "offensive" post:

The Senufo "speak at least four distinct languages (Palaka, Dyimini, and Senari in Côte d’Ivoire and Suppire in Mali), which belong to the Gur branch of the Niger-Congo language family. Within each group, numerous subdivisions use their own names for the people and language; the name Senufo is of external origin. They left the internal delta of Niger —around the town of Mopti (Mali)— in the search of good grounds, the Senufos arrived thousand years ago in the area where they currently reside. At the end of last century when the famous mandinka conqueror Samory threatened the country, Senufo, the chief of Korhogo declared: "We are not warriors, but farmers"."

Like the Amazighen (Tuareg), the Senufo women play water drums. The picture shows the magnificent cowrie headdress worn in womanhood initiation ceremonies.

You have to read down this page a ways before they mention that the Senufo are matrilineal have an important women's sacred society, the Sandogo. At first we're only given the impression of marginal female status in the Poro Society: a sodality that west African oral histories describe as having been taken from women by men.

They say, "Maleeo and Kolotyolo ("Ancient Mother" and "Creator God") represent a dualistic deity. Kolotyolo is not approachable and can only be reached through Yiriigifolo or Nyehene. In the region of Kufulo, Maleeo is represented by the sacred drums before whom all thieves and murderers are brought for trial." [url for quotes given in Comments, with more info]

There is a deeper female stratum to Kòlotyölöö, as Anita Glaze illuminates for us: “Central to Senufo religion is the conception of a bipartite deity called Kòlotyölöö in its aspect of divine creator, and Màlëëö or Kàtyelëëö in its aspect of protective, nurturing being.” The last two names mean “Ancient Mother” and “Ancient Woman.” The creator divinity is remote and cannot be approached directly, only through other deities. [“Woman Power and Art in a Senufo Village,” African Arts, Vol 8, No. 3 (Spring, 1975) p 29]

Linguistic indicators points to a shift that masculinized this creator: “There is some evidence to suggest that Kòlotyölöö was originally considered female in nature (työlöö wii, for example, means ‘woman’ or ‘wife’ in Tyebara), although present usage suggests a neuter or even a paternal image.” [Glaze, 64]