I don’t know how to put this, so I’m just going to be honest.
Please get your head out of your arse.
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!
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.