When it comes to content removal, Facebook’s decision-making is often confusing and just plain infuriating. The recent leak of the site’s internal rules didn’t do much to clarify the situation. Facebook added even more fuel to the fire this week when it refused to remove a post from a man depicting himself having sex with a woman and fat shaming ber.
The post was shared in a private men’s Facebook group in Australia with more than 15,000 members. Thankfully, one of the group’s members stepped up and reported the images to Facebook, and encouraged others to do so as well.
“I bite my tongue over the daily misogynistic, racist, homophobic & generally uneducated posts in the group because hey, this is a safe space for the working class Aussie males,” he wrote in his post. “This however crosses the line in a very, very big way, and needs to be stopped immediately… If you wanna share this and make Facebook take notice that’d be great.”
But, according to the man who filed the report, Facebook refused to remove the post. In its response to him, Facebook said that it “doesn’t go against any of our specific Community Standards.”
Of course, this begs the question: if a post that inflammatory doesn’t warrant removal, what does? As with so many of these cases, Facebook’s rules don’t make much sense.