What is #FBrape?

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*TRIGGER WARNING*

Last week, Women, Action and the Media (WAM), in partnership with other feminist and media organizations wrote a letter and launched a campaign that exploded across the feminist Twittersphere. The group created the hashtag #FBrape to pressure Facebook into recognizing gender-based hate speech as, well, hate speech.

So what exactly is the problem? Well, currently, images such as this

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and this

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are recognized by Facebook as “humor” despite objections raised by feminist organizations. Facebook has been known to quickly destroy images of women breastfeeding – yet the company continues to insist that these (sexually) violent images are simply humor, and not hate speech.

WAM responded to this more than inadequate response by launching the #FBrape campaign. As of Sunday, over 43,000 tweets and 4,000 emails had been sent to companies with ads that appear beside some of these graphic images. The idea is simple:  pressure companies to pull their ads from Facebook so that they are forced…

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