Facebook Takes Down Homophobic Page That Named Gay Ugandans
Written by Instinct Staff |
Monday, 07 January 2013
|Tags: uganda, gays, witch hunt, rolling stone, facebook page, taken down, glaad, kill, names, lgbt|
A disgusting Facebook page that took a cue from Uganda's Rolling Stone newspaper to call for a "witch hunt" against identified and named LGBT Ugandans has been taken down by the social network.
GLAAD picked up on the story after hearing of a Change.org petition started by the LGBT organization Freedom and Roam Uganda.
Reads the petition:
This highly trafficked page is attempting to incite mob violence, firing, eviction and annihilation of named people in Uganda who are perceived to be gay - or rumored to be gay, or otherwise have angered the woman behind it in some personal way - by "exposing" them online.
This has resulted in disasters before; since the Ugandan newspaper Rolling Stone exposed 100 people as gay in 2010, those people have lived in fear and many have been attacked, lost their jobs and had to be relocated.
In 2011 gay human rights activist David Kato, one of the people "exposed" by the paper, was bludgeoned to death.
The page has been blocked and returned 6 times so far in two weeks with more and more hate speech. Facebook has clear policies on hate speech and harassment, but hasn't banned this page completely. We urgently need Facebook to permanently BLOCK the user's account, or otherwise prevent her from posting pages on Facebook.
GLAAD said it communicated with Facebook to arrange the page's demise. Hopefully it sticks.