Facebook Censors Female Sexual Desire?
I'm appalled by what appears to be Facebook's targeted censorship. It's also very disturbing that the anti-porn zealots like "Porn Harms", who have been harassing both Violet personally and members of the community, have claimed the community's deletion as a victory for their side and are offering thanks to Facebook.
Dan Savage reports on the situation this week; you can read more here and here, watch a video, and get updates on Violet's Posterous blog. The OPO Pro-Porn Manifesto, which was included on the deleted Facebook page, is on the Our Porn, Ourselves site.
Here is Violet's letter to Facebook, republished with her permission:
Hello,I'm Violet Blue: bestselling and award-winning author, and educator who speaks from UCSF and UC Berkley (Boalt) to Google Inc. Tech Talks on my field of expertise -- exactly what this Facebook group page was about.My page did not violate any of the reasons stated for deletion. It was under constant attack by people who disagreed with our point of view, and constantly reported our posts and images, even though we were very careful not to violate your Terms. May I find out why the page was removed? It is my utmost priority to follow and uphold Facebook community rules and standards. With national media attention to the page, questions will be raised and I hope to be able to furnish answers. Especially with a higher minded page of over 3000 members seeking community and discussion around a topic that did not target any group, threaten anyone, or link/depict/suggest inappropriate content. In fact, I policed the posts hourly for spam and attacks on our members, of which there were many. We never posted obscenity in links or images, though innocent user photos seemed to be increasingly mysteriously removed.I feel that our page was targeted, and that we did nothing to violate the community standards of Facebook, which we sought to uphold. Any help to find out why this has happened would be deeply appreciated. I do not want to be talking to press about this in the next few days and be left guessing. We sought a safe place to discuss sex culture in media, and that is all.I sincerely hope we can resolve this. Salon and Examiner wrote about our page as a signifier of community organization around women's empowerment, calling it a new movement for women's rights. I could tell we were under attack by those who violently opposed our discussions and representation as a community intersection for enriched discussions about important women's rights issues. This development is confusing and saddening.This fostering of group community around female empowerment and the page topic stems from my work as a talkshow guest (Oprah), international conference speaker, and columnist for various national and international magazines and publications (Oprah Magazine, Forbes.com, MacLife, etc) and media pundit (Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, Esquire, Redbook, Wired, etc).Please help me understand what I can tell media outlets asking about this, and the over 3K member we had in the page group.Sincere thanks,Violet Blue