Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Girl God Founder Trista Hendren banned from Facebook (again) for birth photo

This birth painting by Lucy Peirce was NOT banned by FB but was shared here so that people could share this post without being banned by Fb as well.

I was asked recently by the Online Hate Prevention Institute to issue my comments after another teen girl attempted suicide after extensive Facebook bullying.

Facebook is notorious for censoring women’s non-sexualized bodies in everyday use. If empowering images of women’s bodies can be meticulously pulled down in the name of “Community Standards”, there is no reason in the world that Facebook cannot better monitor the use of their site to bully children. Mark Zuckerberg wrote a rather public birth announcement for his daughter Max last year: 

“Max, we love you and feel a great responsibility to leave the world a better place for you and all children. We wish you a life filled with the same love, hope and joy you give us. We can’t wait to see what you bring to this world.” It is time for him to put his money where his mouth is. Our children’s lives depend on it.

Read my full statement and the story that led up to it here.

After posting my commentary, my scheduled posts stopped worked for several days on Facebook.  When I reported this to Facebook, they eventually fixed it, but then I was notified the next day that I had been banned for 3 days for the following birth post.

 “This was motherhood without mystification, maternity ‘without its make up on’, a movement that has alternatively been praised and criticised by the medical community, feminists and politicians for its insistence upon the primacy of the mother figure in a child’s life and of the child in the mother’s life” … it is “part and parcel of the feminist movement, and is based on the premise that if a woman is to be strong, she must take responsibility for her childbearing and child-rearing functions herself rather than remain dependent upon male authorities for guidance” -Nancy Rubin, The Mother Mirror

Photo via Positive Birth Movement

I am not sure why this suddenly violates Facebook's "community standards" as I have posted this same photo multiple times for well over a year, including here and here.

Facebook's ban is an annoying waste of my time; however they have made my point for me, again. I have said this many times, but females need another social network.

I have appealed Facebook's decision but have not heard back. Meanwhile, Facebook is filled with pages about incest and other disgusting pages.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Facebook censors cartoon critical of Israel via Mondoweiss

"The Palestine Information Center (PIC), an independent Palestinian news website and network had their Facebook page temporarily suspended for publishing a 2009 cartoon by Brazilian political cartoonist Carlos Latuff. The graphic shows a woman walking and carrying a wounded child in front of an Israeli flag with one of the blue banners of the flag covering her mouth. Latuff’s text issued a warning:  “SHHHHHHHHHH!!! Denouncing Israeli War Crimes Is Anti-Semitism“.

Rami Salaam, an administrator of PIC’s English Facebook page told Mondoweiss “Cartoons are usually targeted by Facebook more than anything else. Maybe because they appeal to people everywhere. Latuff’s cartoons are widely shared on our page and maybe that is why it was removed.”

PIC was not warned or notified prior to the removal of the cartoon. “It just disappeared” according to Salaam. He continued, “When we tried to login we got a message saying that that cartoon was removed because it violates Facebook polices and that our account that posted the cartoon is suspended for 3 days. – The reason for the deletion and suspension is fickle and meaningless because the cartoon is not graphic nor does it incite any kind of violence. The reason given is “We removed the post below because it doesn’t follow the Facebook Community Standards.” They also threatened to delete the whole page.”

Read the full post by Annie Robbins with screenshots at Mondoweiss

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Girl God Page blocked from posting on Facebook

The Girl God Page has blocked from posting to Facebook for 24 hours. All of the Admins have also been blocked from posting, liking, commenting or responding to messages on their personal and other pages.

Facebook said the picture from this blog post about the normalizing (female) bare breasts violates their "community standards".

"I walk bare-chested primarily because I enjoy feeling free. My strong secondary reason for walking bare-chested is to normalize female bare-chestedness, so that other women may feel the same way.

The only way to normalize anything is to do it with so much regularity and normality that people stop being afraid of it and start seeing it as conventional behavior. This is my motivation for posting photos and videos of my walks. I want people to see and hear for themselves the reactions (and more importantly the non-reactions) of the public as I walk by.

There exists this misconception that going bare-chested is some disruptive act of revolution and that traffic will stop and babies will cry. Perhaps it was at one time, and in some places may still be, but in many places that’s just not true any more." -Breasts Are Healthy blog

Meanwhile, there are a plethora of pages like "Big Bo0obs"on Facebook.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

More Double Standards @Facebook

I'd really love to stop posting here, but it seems Facebook is at it again.

Facebook has removed a gorgeous picture of about a dozen women breastfeeding. I'm still trying to track down the photo, as even those who re-posted in solidarity seem to have had their posts removed as well.

It's something along the lines of this one, but it is not this one:

Erin White, Women in the Wild

Those who posted the photo were told that it violates Facebook's "community standards".

Another breastfeeding picture has also been removed.

"This beautiful photo, taken by Tara Ruby Photography, has been removed from both her page and this one already today. I'm reposting it again to show the world that you CAN be in the military and successful at breastfeeding. I believe this is a first, to have a group photo of military moms breastfeeding in uniform (they were given permission by the PAO and Garrison Commander at Ft Bliss)."

Yet this picture remains on FART is a four letter word after numerous complaints.

It's worth mentioning that the FART page has over 240,000 "likes" and this picture has had over 1,100 shares since it was posted on September 11th.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Girl God and Feminsts Against Racism pages are silenced by Facebook along with #Goddess on Instagram because #WhitePeopleMustEndRacism #YesAllWhitePeople

Desiree Jordan posted an excellent the video where a young black woman was talking about white silence. She shared it with the header #yesallehitepeople & #whitepeoplemustendracism to the Feminists Against Racism page where Trista also admins. Trista cannot post, comment or like anything for 3 days. Desiree is blocked for 7 days.

There are other admins on both The Girl God page and the Feminists Against Racism page but neither woman can post, comment or like at this time without getting the following notice:
  • You recently posted something that violates Facebook policies, so you're temporarily blocked from using this feature. For more information, visit the Help Center.

    To keep from getting blocked again, please make sure you've read and understand Facebook's Community Standards.
    The block will be active for 2 days and 10 hours more.
  • If you think you're seeing this by mistake, please let us know.
Both women have let Facebook know that they believe this is a mistake.

Meanwhile, the hashtag #Goddess has been banned on Instagram.

A member of the Feminists Against Racism page posted the following comment, which has been true of Facebook for sometime:

"They block heart-centered things, yet a full on porn video just passed through my news feed & I couldn't get it banned...:( Thanks for keeping the posts going."

Max Dashu echoed this sentiment:
"And now Bairavee Balasubramaniam got flack for this beautiful post which was flagged as "violent." If FB is going to vet posts, they should hire some women who have some clue about what violence is about, and go after the female-despising porn instead of educational posts by and for women, or pictures of women in traditional dress whose nipples are showing."

Many thanks to all the Admins on The Girl God page who are keeping the page going!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

"Clementine Ford was banned by Facebook for posting some of the vile messages she had been receiving. Yet when she reported those same messages, they were deemed not to violate their community standards."

via mix 102.3

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Miko Peled, the Israeli anti-apartheid activist, shut out by Facebook

This is a "call to arms" for Palestinian supporters & civil liberties advocates: Miko Peled, the Israeli anti-apartheid activist, was shut out by Facebook about two weeks ago because they claim his ID cannot be verified & he might be trolling. In a pig's eye! Peled is a prominent figure who plays a pivotal role in Palestinian solidarity & Facebook would know that if they looked at the number of his friends, the activity on his wall, or just googled his name. He believes they are politically censoring him & that can hardly be in dispute.

Last year Facebook pulled the same stunt with Hamde Abu Rahma, a Palestinian photojournalist in the West Bank. Hundreds of Facebook supporters of his work rallied & campaigned to have his account restored, which it was. When your account is shut down, you lose an accounting of your friends, your photos, the discussions & you have to start from scratch. Facebook informed Peled that to reinstate his account it has to be under a different name or if someone else does it on his behalf. Once again, all they have to do is google his name. But of course, they already know exactly who he is.

So do we, which is why we value his exemplary work & role; his support for Palestinian justice is tough-minded & uncompromising. We need to assemble our forces on social media & get Miko Peled's original Facebook account reinstated. Can those who lead the campaign for reinstating the account of Hamde please let us know the best way to proceed? Can everyone please share this post & information far & wide to solidarity activists in defense of Miko & of civil liberties on Facebook.

This is a post from Peled's website explaining the Facebook censure:

(Photo of Miko Peled. Thanks to Naila Smith for heading up this campaign.)
Via Mary Scully

Sign the petition here.