Facebook’s Leaked Guidelines @facebook

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Facebook’s policy on threats of violence. A tick means something can stay on the site; a cross means it should be deleted. Photograph: Guardian

Facebook’s leaked guidelines offer insight into the codes and rules used by Facebook moderators to determine what content is allowed to be posted and remain on the site. According to The Guardian, the following guidelines (along with many others) are mentioned in documents supplied to Facebook moderators within the last year:

  • Remarks such as “Someone shoot Trump” should be deleted, because as a head of state he is in a protected category. But it can be permissible to say: “To snap a bitch’s neck, make sure to apply all your pressure to the middle of her throat”, or “fuck off and die” because they are not regarded as credible threats.
  • Videos of violent deaths, while marked as disturbing, do not always have to be deleted because they can help create awareness of issues such as mental illness.
  • Some photos of non-sexual physical abuse and bullying of children do not have to be deleted or “actioned” unless there is a sadistic or celebratory element.
  • Photos of animal abuse can be shared, with only extremely upsetting imagery to be marked as “disturbing”.
  • All “handmade” art showing nudity and sexual activity is allowed but digitally made art showing sexual activity is not.
  • Videos of abortions are allowed, as long as there is no nudity.
  • Facebook will allow people to livestream attempts to self-harm because it “doesn’t want to censor or punish people in distress”.
  • Anyone with more than 100,000 followers on a social media platform is designated as a public figure – which denies them the full protections given to private individuals.

Comments such as “Little girl needs to keep to herself before daddy beaks her face,” and “I hope someone kills you,” among others are allowed to remain on the site as they are “regarded as either generic or not credible.”

“In one of the leaked documents, Facebook acknowledges “people use violent language to express frustration online” and feel “safe to do so” on the site.”  Facebook also admits (as many who use the site already know) that “not all disagreeable or disturbing content violates community standards.”

“Many moderators are said to have concerns about the inconsistency and peculiar nature of some of the policies.”  Moderators also complained of the volume of work, claiming they often have “just ten seconds” to make decisions.

According to Monika Bickert, ‎Facebook’s head of global policy management, “We feel responsible to our community to keep them safe and we feel very accountable. It’s absolutely our responsibility to keep on top of it. It’s a company commitment. We will continue to invest in proactively keeping the site safe, but we also want to empower people to report to us any content that breaches our standards.”

Tammy Lynn Felbaum (USA)

Tammy Lynn Felbaum is a 58-year-old man that identifies as a woman. He served prison time in the Westmoreland County penitentiary in Pennsylvania for the botched castration and overdose death of his sixth husband.

Felbaum’s most recent interaction with law enforcement is over allegation’s that he threatened to shoot a Westmoreland County Judge. He is charged with terroristic threats and disorderly conduct.

Read more about Felbaum at these locations:

Transgender Ex-con Arrested For Alleged Threat To Shoot Westmoreland Judge (February 7, 2017)

Tammy Felbaum Speaks Out About Crime That Sent Her To Prison (September 27, 2012)

Slain Man’s Family Talks About Him (March 24, 2001)

Rodney (Shiloh) Quine @TransLawCenter (USA)

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Rodney Quine, a man who identifies as a woman named Shiloh Heavenly, is a convicted murderer who became the first U.S. inmate to receive taxpayer-funded sex reassignment surgery (“SRS”) in January, 2017.  Quine was subsequently transferred to the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla, CA which he recently referred to as a “torture unit” in a federal court filing.  He claims his growing beard and mustache are having “a huge impact on day to day life” and says he was denied razors for “no legitimate penological objective but harassment.”  According to state officials, Quine is being treated like any other new inmate at the facility; all inmates are initially denied privileges such as razors, until “officials are confident they won’t harm themselves or others.”

“Quine asked the federal judge overseeing her lawsuit to order prison officials to provide electrolysis to remove her facial hair, or at least a razor.”

Quine v. Beard — Transgender Law Center

Transgender Inmate Says Women’s Prison is ‘Torture’ — NBC News

Brenda (Kenneth) Bostick (USA)

Brenda Bostick, who identified as a transgender man named Kenneth, was found unconscious in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood after having been struck in the head with a metal pipe.  Bostick died in the hospital more than a week later as a result of this violent attack.  Although Bostick’s death was reported as that of a transgender woman, the Village Voice confirms these initial reports were incorrect.

Still No Arrest in Killing of Kenneth Bostick, Transgender Man Widely Misgendered in Initial Reports — the Village Voice

Carly Lehwald (USA)

Carly Lehwald is a heterosexual man who identifies as a woman.  He was previously featured on ABC Family’s show “Becoming Us,” which aired for one season in 2015.  In 2017, Lehwald is busy engaging in anti-lesbian activism, including asking Anonymous to target this lesbian-run blog.

We oppose your men’s rights activism, Carly, and we see your sad attempt to silence lesbian-feminists as the misogyny it is.  Women who disagree with your garbage political opinions will always exist, and you cannot silence all of us.  You cannot silence our ideas.

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Meyer v. University of Iowa (USA)

 

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A Polk County, Iowa jury awarded Jane Meyer, a former associate athletics director at the University of Iowa $1.43 million in her discrimination lawsuit against the UI, the Board of Regents, and the state.  According to Meyer’s attorneys, “[t]he jury found in favor of Meyer on all five of her claims: gender discrimination, sexual orientation discrimination, retaliation, equal pay violation and whistleblower violation.”

Meyer, who served as the associate athletic director at UI from 2001 to 2014 claims she was first reassigned and subsequently terminated after she complained about the firing of Tracy Griesbaum in August 2014.  She also claims the department created a new position (which she was told she was ineligible for) that encompassed many of her duties at a salary $70,000 higher than the salary she was making.

Meyer’s attorneys plan to file post-trial motions seeking either the reinstatement of her position in the athletic department at the University of Iowa, or payment for all lost wages and benefits until she reaches retirement.

University of Iowa must pay $1.4 million to Jane Meyer — The Gazette

Zarda v. Altitude Express (USA)

In a decision released April 18, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that “Title VII does not prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation,” affirming the lower court’s judgement.  The decision cites a 2000 ruling in Simonton v. Runyon, in which the same court “declined to hold that discrimination based on sexual orientation constituted discrimination based on sex for the purposes of Title VII.”  The decision also denies Zarda’s appeal to overturn Simonton, stating “a panel of this Court could not overturn another panel’s decision” and specifies that precedent “can only be overturned by the entire Court sitting in banc.”

In contrast the Seventh Circuit recently ruled “that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination” in Hively v. Ivy Tech.

2nd Circuit (again) finds anti-gay discrimination legal under Title VII — Washington Blade

Zarda v. Altitude Express — Decision, April 18, 2017