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]

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Girl God admin banned from Facebook for anti-porn stance

An admin of The Girl God page has been blocked from posting (or even "liking" anything) on Facebook for 12 hours for her anti-porn stance.  Facebook said she was "violating their community standards" and did not respond to her request for review.

The offensive meme was as follows:

Scary stuff.

Glad child porn is still readily available on Facebook and they're out to save us from those "scary feminists".