Posts Tagged Facebook

Facebook removes rape “joke” pages

Well, it’s about damn time. Violet Blue reports:

It only took two long months, over 186,000 signatures on a petition to Mark Zuckerberg, and finally a furious Twitter campaign to get Facebook to remove Pages that graphically celebrated and encouraged rape and sexual violence.

This time, anyway.

Unfortunately this was not the first time Facebook had to be externally pressured to enforce its own Terms around the flashpoint topic of sexual violence.

And it won’t be the last. In a way, it’s a tough victory to celebrate; the fact that it was only after nearly two-hundred thousand letters were sent, companies pulled advertisements, and a massive Twitter campaign that Facebook decided to ...

Well, it’s about damn time. Violet Blue reports:

It only took two long months, over 186,000 signatures on a petition to Mark Zuckerberg, and finally a furious Twitter campaign to get Facebook to ...

Facebook recognizes civil unions and domestic partnerships

Facebook took a big step this week in their decision to allow people to identify as being “in a civil union” or “in a domestic partnership.” ZDNet offers their take in “The country of Facebook recognizes civil unions” as well as a note on the limitations of the new feature:

Functionally the change is minor to unimportant, from a societal standpoint it moves Facebook alongside some 35 plus countries in recognizing, in some form, non-traditional relationships.

Is it appropriate to talk about Facebook in country scale terms of influence? With 600,000,000 users, its population is only behind those of the physical populations of China and India, and is nearly twice that of the United States. That said, the two new options ...

Facebook took a big step this week in their decision to allow people to identify as being “in a civil union” or “in a domestic partnership.” ZDNet offers their take in “The country of Facebook recognizes ...

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Facebook’s “stalker” application.

“Stalking” seems to have become the stand-in word for checking someone out on Facebook. I have been thinking a lot about how it says so much about how we feel about viewing other people’s information on Facebook. Information on Facebook is volunteered information and Facebook has several privacy settings (albeit hard to use sometimes), but when someone looks at someone else’s Facebook profile we call it “stalking.” But stalking is a serious offense where you follow, intimidate and harass someone, something that can happen online or in the real world. The constant use of the word “stalking” for things that don’t constitute as stalking is problematic because it downplays how serious stalking actually is.

Since I am in the camp that ...

“Stalking” seems to have become the stand-in word for checking someone out on Facebook. I have been thinking a lot about how it says so much about how we feel about viewing other people’s information on Facebook. ...

Congrats to Gabi, MTV’s new Twitter Jockey!

You might have already heard, but MTV’s first Twitter Jockey is a young, fat and fabulous woman of color! Gabi Gregg, 23,  was crowned by MTV on Sunday after a nationwide contest. In the Detroit’s native role as TJ, she will report on pop culture via MTV’s twitter account, blog, Facebook and the website. This is a huge event that marks the influence of new media and how legacy media is making changes in recognition of the power of social networking.

So who is this badass woman of color? Gabi is the founder of the blog Young, Fat and Fabulous. Check out her bio that has the backstory of this amazing project:

In October 2008, I decided ...

You might have already heard, but MTV’s first Twitter Jockey is a young, fat and fabulous woman of color! Gabi Gregg, 23,  was crowned by MTV on Sunday after a nationwide contest. In the ...

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