Is a Female Genital Mutilation facebook page Hate Speech?

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This week I did a post about a facebook page promoting female genital mutilation. Thanks to freedom of speech I am able to criticise the point of view expressed on that page. Yesterday I received a copy of an e-mail sent to one of our readers about their complaint about the page.

Name: redacted

Email: Redacted

Message: Hi there, just wanted to let you know the Facebook page about
female circumcision was taken down after my request to Facebook. Got
taken down within 24 hours. Seemed worth mentioning.

Here was their reply:
“We removed the Page you reported

We reviewed the Page you reported for displaying hate speech. Since it
violated our Community Standards, we removed it. Thanks for your
report. We let Islamic Female Circumcision know that their Page has
been removed, but not who reported it.”

I find facebook’s response very surprising since they leave up facebook pages full of real hate speech towards Israel and Jews and ones promoting Islamic terrorism ( despite thousands of complaints ) but remove this page which didn’t contain any hate speech at all. What do you think? Is promoting female and male circumcision ( genital mutilation ) hate speech?

There are plenty of facebook pages that other people would like to see shutdown that are not shut down because of free speech. While I totally disagree with the female genital mutilation page I do not think that it is fair to shut them down on the basis of hate speech when that clearly is not the case. The best cure for pages like that one is to exercise our freedom of speech by commenting on the page and debating the issue. By shutting down alternative opinions no matter how offensive we find them, we are acting like the totalitarians that we all despise. If it is okay to do it to them, it is okay to do it to us, we must never lose sight of that truth.

 


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