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Facebook agrees to block sexual assault ‘humor’

FacebookNBC NEWS – Facebook is changing its policy on “humorous” posts and images that make light of rape and violence against women, following pressure from activists and advertisers.

In a statement published Tuesday, Facebook says it will process more complaints and will train its staff of reviewers using guidance from women’s groups and legal experts. And should egregious material continue to slip through, women’s advocacy groups will have direct contact with the social network.

“The guidelines used by these systems have failed to capture all the content that violates our standards,” read the statement signed by Marne Levine, Facebook’s vice president of Global Public Policy. “We need to do better — and we will.”

Last week, the Women, Action & the Media group published an open letter explaining that Facebook wasn’t doing enough to remove posts that condoned violence against women. With a quick search, anyone on the social network could see Photoshopped images of women along with slogans that encouraged or made light of rape and violent acts. For example, next to a woman whose face has been made to look like she was beaten, the text read, “1/3 of women are physically abused. 2/3 of men aren’t doing their job.”

Read more at NBC News.

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