Women on Facebook haven’t been silent regarding the hate they’ve received by trolls.
In particular, women have been replying to men by displaying their anger relating to the #MeToo movement.
Stand up comedian Marcia Belsky replied, “men are scum” to her friend’s Facebook post in October, and was promptly banned for 30 days. Huh? She said:
“Women have posted things as bland as ‘men ain’t shit,’ ‘all men are ugly,’ and even ‘all men are allegedly ugly’ and had their posts removed. They’ve been locked out of their accounts for suggesting that, since ‘all men are ugly,’ country music star Blake Shelton’“winning the sexiest man isn’t a triumph.’”
I wrote a post decrying the absurdity of this ban, and used the phrase “men are scum” in solidarity with my friend. Marcia remained banned and 3 days later Facebook removed my post. Then, as you know, right wing blogs got a hold of a sarcastic tweet of mine and sent their minions
— Rae Sanni (@raesanni) November 28, 2017
Well that’s kind of harsh, don’t you think?
I understand the #MeToo movement, and I understand the impact it had on us. I understand the shock, irritation, and frustration. However, I’m not supportive of completely casting out an entire gender by proxy.
“I personally posted men are scum in November and I received a seven day ban. It’s still ongoing. Two days and 23 hours left,” Alison Klemp shares with The Daily Beast. “There was one guy who was threatening to find my house and beat me up,” she said. “I got banned before I could even successfully report it.”
But damn, Facebook, banning people for speaking their opinions? In America?
Others didn’t even use any derogatory language before they got hit with the ban.
How can Facebook ban you for something you wrote 2 years ago? What an absolute joke. What happened to freedom of speech? My human rights are being seriously violated here @facebook
— Nikki. (@nicnakpaddywak1) December 4, 2017
A community of female comedians heard of the whole ordeal, they bound together and began to post “men are scum” on Facebook as a form of a pledge-protest. However, they didn’t last long. Shortly thereafter, every single one of them got hit with a ban.
FacebookJailed.com shares the experiences of these women, but the issue extends beyond Facebook. Let’s not forget Rose McGowan’s Twitter ban last month, after calling Ben Affleck out on his knowledge of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
Though I believe the comments were pretty harsh regarding all men, the lack of freedom of speech is very concerning. Facebook is a private company, alongside other major social media outlets, but what’s the point of social media if people can’t express their opinions?
Guess we’ll have to wait and see where this one goes.