Christian ministry pages on Facebook are being targeted for profane harassment, and Facebook is turning a blind eye. Would you help me send them a message?
Last year, I documented Facebook’s glaring double standard when it came to allowing all kinds of obscene, Jesus-mocking Facebook pages (along with pages encouraging anti-Israel violence) while shutting down Christian pages that differed respectfully with homosexual activism (in this case, the page devoted to discussion of my book A Queer Thing Happened to America).
Thankfully, after bringing national attention to this issue and working with an internal contact at Facebook, the page was reactivated, with apologies from Facebook. (For the relevant stories, see here and here.) But the extremely offensive sites, replete with profane, Christ-defacing graphics and horrific anti-Jewish images, were not shut down, despite the clear standards articulated in Facebook’s Community Guidelines.
Still, if Facebook wants to allow groups of all kinds to use their services, that’s their prerogative, as long as Facebook doesn’t violate its own standards and allow anyone to harass or intimidate others.
Unfortunately, Facebook is now permitting a new version of cyber-attacks on Christian pages, and despite working with my internal contact at Facebook and despite others complaining about this very issue, Facebook told me nothing would be done to resolve the problem.
To give the relevant details, a few weeks ago, my staff noticed that there were “Likes” appearing in response to posts on my AskDrBrown Facebook page, and these “Likes” were from new Facebook pages, including “Jesus F**king Christ. Slut Mary’s Bast*rd.”
Yes, this is actually the name of a Facebook Fan page – spelled out in full – and the page is as profane as the name. Yet Facebook says the page does not violate community guidelines for hate speech against a religious group!
Michael Brown holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University. He is the author of 25 books, includingLine of Fire. Follow him at AskDrBrown on Facebook or @drmichaellbrown on Twitter.