Thursday, August 8, 2013

Another Bullied Teen takes her life - and is bullied in her Grave on Facebook

Dear Mr Milner / Mr Wolens / Mr Allan

As Directors of policy for Facebook, could you please enlighten me as to why your moderators did not consider it necessary to remove the post 'R.I.P skank bitch' made by user xx on the Hannah Smith Facebook tribute page 'RIP Hannah Smith' ?

Would I be correct in thinking that this is YET ANOTHER example of Facebook allowing people to exercise their 'freedom to reflect the world around them' whilst paying no regard whatsoever to others? Would I be further correct in saying that yet again, as with the xx page which was filled with porn, Facebook really could not give a damn about what anyone writes about deceased children? Or maybe I've got it entirely wrong and the comment 'R.I.P skank bitch' is humourous in another culture, perhaps even in the little bubble that you chaps live in, and that this is just someones attempt to be funny and it's going right over my head? Yes, that'll be it. After all, when you look at the definitions of each word, it could so easily be.

skank (skngk)
1. A rhythmic dance performed to reggae or ska music, characterized by bending forward, raising the knees, and extending the hands.
2. Disgusting or vulgar matter; filth.
3. One who is disgustingly foul or filthy and often considered sexually promiscuous. Used especially of a woman or girl.

a female dog: The bitch won first place in the sporting dogs category.
2.a female of canines generally.
3.Slang. A malicious, unpleasant, selfish person, especially a woman. A lewd woman. Disparaging and Offensive.
4. Slang. A person who performs demeaning tasks for another; servant: Tom is so her bitch; she just ordered him to go fetch her some pizza—and he went without a word.
5.Slang. A convict who is in a homosexual relationship and/or dominant relationship willingly or unwillingly in the prison setting: The new inmate was immediately forced to be the bitch of the prison's top dog.

It's certainly interesting to know that Facebook is absolutely no better than the likes of in dealing with hate speech. The user xx has basically posted 'Rest in peace you disgustingly foul and sexually promiscuous, malicious, unpleasant, selfish woman' on the tribute page of a 14 year old who took her own life due to bullying, and yet it doesn't violate your community standards! How can this be? What planet are your moderators on? What safeguards does Facebook actually have in place to protect vulnerable youngsters? Your response to my report on this issue sends us all the plain and simple message: NONE.

Your safeguards and reporting system is useless as myself and many others are constantly telling you. Facebook is an utter disgrace to society and how the morals of you three men actually allow you to take a salary from a company that does nothing to control such vile hatred is simply beyond me. You should be ashamed of yourselves and resign your positions with immediate effect, having consistently failed at every opportunity to address the major issues that exist on the Facebook network.

As ever, I would appreciate answers. As ever, I don't expect to get any.

Anthony Hemsley

NOTE: Hannah Smith took her life last Friday after being bullied on Social Media. Out of respect for both her memory and her family, the screen shots sent to Facebook will not be posted here.

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