It might have been a quiet protest, but it was loud enough for Facebook to hear: the Everyday Sexism Project launched a boycott against the social network, and sent an open letter that sought to get Facebook to address the thousands of pages that seem to make fun at beating, raping, or killing women. Nissan UK and other companies temporarily withdrew their ads, and Facebook gave in.
"In recent days, it has become clear that our systems to identify and remove hate speech have failed to work as effectively as we would like, particularly around issues of gender-based hate," the Facebook Safety team responded. Facebook will begin implementing a five-point plan to fix the problem, which includes changing the moderation teams' training to better identify harmful posts, and contacting anti-discrimination groups for advice.
Most importantly, they want to get people to "stand behind the content they create." Hopefully that day isn't too far away.
[via The Verge]