In the wake of the multiple sexual harassment and abuse scandals across the globe, Facebook has been suspending women for “hate speech” against men after posting variations of the phrase “men are sc*m”.
Despite Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg warning of a potential backlash against women as scandals rock companies and political institutions, the social network continues to ban women speaking out against men as a group.
Standup comic Marcia Belsky, was banned in October for 30 days from Facebook for posting “men are sc*m” as a comment on her friend, Nicole Silverberg’s photo album detailing the abuse Silverberg had received after writing a list of ways men can treat women better on Twitter and later published by the Guardian.
Fellow comedian Kayla Avery says she routinely gets banned for comments such as “ men are garbage fires ”, “the worst”, “trash” and other derivatives.
Facebook says that threats and hate speech directed towards a protected group violate its community standards and therefore are removed. The social network told the Daily Beast that “men are scum” was a threat and therefore should be removed.