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Dear Facebook

27 Apr

I don’t know how to put this, so I’m just going to be honest.

Please get your head out of your arse.

Love, 

Me.

I just read an article about how Facebook shut down a mom’s page for “promoting hate” after she posted pictures of her son (who has Down Syndrome) participating in Special Olympics event.  After three days, they said “oops, our bad, carry on.”  Or something to the like.

Now, we all know Facebook can be obnoxiously vigilant about what they deem acceptable or not.  It’s okay to post pics of yourself in an itsty bitsy teeny weeny sheer thong bikini, but not of breast-feeding your baby – because the latter is the obviously porntastic photo.

But shutting down a mom’s page for posting pictures of her son having a nice time apparently on the basis that the album was titled “Special Olympics 2012” really ticks me off.  Because I know there are  pages and groups out there on Facebook that are much more offensive to people who are sensitive to special needs than a photo album about Special Olympics.

I know because I’ve reported three of them.  Two were taken down.  One – which ironically is a page called “Being Retarded” – is allowed to stay because it doesn’t promote hate speech or some excuse like that.  I guess their blurb of “we don’t mean to be offensive” means it’s all okay.  Phew!  Glad they don’t mean to be offensive!

And while pictures of a happy boy playing are so obviously promoting hate that they must be whisked off the interwebs immediately, this perky feel-good app on Facebook called “Retard of the Day” is available..you know, to help you “Find A Retard To Pick On.” (<—actual app description)

But I’m sure all the groups and pages with the words “retard” and “retarded” in them are all just in happy innocent fun.  Which is why there are dozens and dozens of pages with those words in the title on Facebook. They don’t promote a negative stereotype at all!

I’d type more, but my eyeballs have rolled so much that I can’t really see.

Then again, maybe I should be thankful to Facebook for allowing the idea of Freedom of Speech to be alive and well, and protecting my tender eyes from the horrors that are breast-feeding photos and Special Olympics.  God knows we wouldn’t want to view that kind of crap!

<eyeroll>

side note – yes, I get that Facebook can’t monitor everything.  And yes, there is Freedom of Speech.  But sometimes, what the boys at Facebook choose to do makes abso-farkin-lutely no sense to me.  These would be some examples.  The new Timeline thing is another.  But that’s a different rant. 

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11 Responses to “Dear Facebook”

  1. Suzanne Young April 27, 2012 at 7:44 am #

    I’m surprised I haven’t been shut down, because I have scores of blog posts and links to my FB page about Kinsey’s Special Olympics tournaments. I even created a picture of her with a Dr. Seuss quote about embracing her uniqueness and Special Olympics. (Here’s the link: http://www.kinseystexastales.com/2012/04/wisdom-of-dr-seuss.html)

    Do these only get shut down IF someone reports a picture or comment as offensive? Does someone (allegedly a friend) not like these breastfeeding or Special Needs Moms and is secretly reporting them?

    If that is the case, then FB isn’t the only one who is being an arse!

  2. jdcanada April 27, 2012 at 8:00 am #

    I am wondering if the problem is with the word ” OLYMPICS “. Maybe they are in the ” protecting company name copyright ” mode. Just a thought.

  3. Courtney April 27, 2012 at 8:07 am #

    Have you been to http://www.r-word.org ? I am happy to report that my son’s high school has Spread the Word to End the Word Posters all over his school….I got teary eyed when I saw the first one. Us Moms of special needs kiddos are THE BEST advocates for the inappropriate use of the r-word. I am too tired this morning to say much more, and I will be relying on coffee to get me through the day.

  4. Dot McFarlane April 27, 2012 at 8:10 am #

    MY thoughts exactly!! I’ve reported quite a few clearly offensive pages, only to receive an e-mail stating that the pages don’t violate their terms and conditions. So it was OK to take that page down (and I’m DELIGHTED that it’s back up!!), but it’s also OK to leave the rest?!?! Please, Facebook, WAKE UP!!!! :o(

  5. Amanda April 27, 2012 at 8:11 am #

    So well said. I hope your post goes viral – FB needs a wake-up call.

    • Renee Anne April 27, 2012 at 9:13 am #

      I already plan to help with that……the link to this entry is going to be posted onto my Facebook.

  6. Kelly Ibe April 27, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    I also just posted a link to my daughters Special Olympics track meet. I would go ballistic if someone reported my post as abusive or offensive and then shut it down. People are just idiots sometimes!

  7. Becky April 27, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    Ok, you peaked my curiosity, so, I had to open up the hyperlinks, I have to point out the intelligence level of the people/person that started the page “Being Retarded” is shown in the fact that they could not manage to spell the word “offensive” correctly (considering Facebook has spell-check I found this to be quite comical). Although I find your post to be quite needed in the fight of equality and acceptance, these people are not worth any one persons valuable time. A good friend of mine is our local Special Olympics coordinator and posts the words “special” and “Olympics” and, yes, even pictures and has never had any issue. From what I understand, a page is only questioned if someone complains about it. Perhaps this lady’s friends list needs a good purge.

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