How to report gender-based hate speech to Facebook

Many of you have been in touch, since Facebook committed to improving the way it responds to gender-based hate speech, to report content that you feel should be removed, or content that was removed for reasons you consider inappropriate. We’re glad to hear from you. Both we and Facebook are working hard to institute the agreed-upon changes.

It’s important to note that our campaign and Facebook’s commitment specifically address content that glorifies, promotes or makes light of rape, domestic violence or other forms of gendered violence. This does NOT include content promoting consensual BDSM – we are fully in support of people’s rights to consensual sexual activity and expression.

We, like you, are also concerned about Facebook’s habit of removing non-sexual images of women’s breasts while allowing sexualized images of women’s naked bodies to remain. We’ll be engaging with them on this issue as well as our work progresses, but for now we’ll need to collect examples of that dynamic separately from the violence-promoting content.

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So, depending on what you have to report, here’s how to do it:
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For content that glorifies, promotes or makes light of gendered violence:
  • First, report it to Facebook using their standard reporting system.
  • If the content has been reported and Facebook has declined to remove it, email us, and we’ll take further action. Please include any information you have about when and how you reported the content, and what response(s) you’ve received from Facebook.
For content that sexualizes women’s naked bodies, or for content that has been removed that depicts non-sexualized images of women’s breasts:
  •  Send your examples to us, along with all the information you can provide about when and if you reported the content, and what response(s) you’ve received from Facebook. We won’t be taking further action on these examples immediately, but will be collecting them to show to Facebook as we engage them on this issue of their hypocrisy.
Thanks for being part of ending gender-based hate speech on Facebook!