What’s Current: Facebook removes page of organization that helps women obtain abortion pills

Facebook has censored the page of Women on Web, an organization that helps women obtain abortion pills, claiming the page violated its policy against the “promotion or encouragement of drug use.”

Basil Borutski is facing three counts of first-degree murder for killing three women. Considering his history of domestic violence, these murders could have easily been prevented.

An anti-abortion flag at Ottawa City Hall has been taken down after backlash.

Women were angry as hell when the Edmonton Oilers converted two women’s restrooms into men’s bathrooms during the Stanley Cup playoffs. Apparently female hockey fans don’t matter much to the team.

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  • lk

    Basil has a history of violence towards women + history of violating probation.The court required that he take anger management courses, but he never did-this should have been a huge red flag because it shows that he actually had no interest in even attempting to modify his behavior or at least give the illusion of wanting to stop being a violent man.

    “Upon release, he reportedly refused to sign an order barring him from contacting Kuzyk, but was still let go.”
    -If he refused to sign the order, he should have been sent back to jail. The very fact that he even refused shows that he was not willing to stay away from her.

    One of the women he killed was wearing a tracking device because she was afraid of Basil
    -Why wasn’t Basil fitted for an ankle monitor as part of his release? The ankle monitor could have been set up to alert the police if he got withing a certain number of miles of these women’s homes.

    I do not think jail is the solution to most of society’s problems and I think societies are often too quick to throw people in jail for every little thing. But if someone has a pattern of inflicting bodily harm and has refused to participate in activities that could change his behavior (counseling, taking medication that may alleviate violent tendencies, avoiding drugs/alcohol that may increase those tendencies and etc.)….I think we should be in favor of keeping that person away from society, at least until they are they are willing to be rehabilitated.

  • ♧BobbiEllen♧

    NOT surprising about FB. They are notorious for censoring women & go out of their way to find a *good reason* to do this. Heres just a few examples;
    “Facebook censored a woman for criticizing gender-neutral locker rooms on her page, “Keep Locker Rooms Safe.” Now, the social media site has decided to shut her page down completely.” – April 2016
    They were shut down for “hate speech” even though the threats were coming from the trans terrorists.
    They deleted a video “let women decide” due to “hate speech”. This is what that supposedly looks like according to Planet TG; “[The] video has a lineup of men who at some point dress in women’s clothing while committing crimes. And for honesty’s sake, it did include a number of trans people who have been convicted of crimes, some of which we have reported on here. But most of those profiled in the video were cisgender and none of their crimes had anything to do with the enactment of laws. Any law for that matter. These are lawless people who act on their impulses regardless of possible penalties”
    Besides FB censoring, page administrators are doing the same, regardless of if it counteracts their message. Recently the Arkansas women’s goddess festival cancelled its event due to not meeting “trans demands”, the site deleted every comment & banned women who were posting against the cancellation, yet kept the trans terrorists nasty comments. Plenty of people are subjected to abuse & stalking from trans women. People are loosing their jobs. Then, there’s multiple pages/ memes glorifying violence, like sexual & physical abuse against women.
    (WARNING, explicit photos on site)
    Facebook DID respond according to a statement on their site may 28 2013, promising to do more in the future to monitor this problem, BUT it’s still going on CURRENTLY.
    “BLOKES ADVICE” is a private “members only” page that posts constant images of beaten women when it supposedly is a page to support male victims of abuse & mental illness ~ “administrator of the page, Brock Paulke, posted to the group to express the need to support men who suffer from domestic violence.” He told The Courier-Mail the page was started to provide a forum for men to speak about mental health. The site wad shut down back in 2016, but just 2 days ago, it’s back! Paulke said he couldn’t let *feminists win* . Now it’s more popular than before – “The group now has over 300,000 members, a huge increase on the following they had before being shut down in 2016 and a number Paulke describes as a ‘brotherhood’.”
    As of March 24 2017, FB didn’t find a post about killing women as violating standards! “The way in which Facebook polices content on its network is under scrutiny again after it was revealed that a post in which a user called for white women to be “hunted and killed” was deemed to not be a violation of community standards : “White women should be hunted and killed then we won’t get white babies who think the(y) own the world,” the user posted.”
    They were painfully slow to delete rape or other violent videos that were posted through live stream. Obviously I could go on and on with examples, like deleting photos of women for being inappropriate, when all they are nursing photos/ women who are pregnant, etc. While there have been other groups that complained about things deleted, like trans material & forcing trans to put their account under their “real name” – They always immediately respond & issue huge apologies – relaxing their policies in those cases.

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    • Meghan Murphy

      They also never EVER do anything about misogynist pages and the harassment, hate speech, and attacks on feminists. Like, ever.

    • Wren

      I’ve never done much with facebook since I have no patience for it. Now I fucking hate it.

  • Atheist

    Seriously I can’t even begin to describe how evil Facebook is and how much it’s ruined the Internet (not to mention destroying relationships, the political narrative of the US, ect ect ect need I go on). Mark Zuckerberg is supposed to be a liberalish type that is all about free speech and choice and stuff. The more misogyny Facebook does under his watch, the more I hate him. He goes out of his way to make grand statements about bullshit nobody cares about then allows women to be censored online.

    • Tired feminist

      Facebook has ruined the internet. I wholeheartedly agree.

  • will

    I loath Facebook.

  • Lucia Lola

    Why is Facebook still a thing?

  • Meghan Murphy

    It blows my mind. Men who post “TERF cunt,” or death threats are all good, according to Facebook.

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  • lk

    “Prison is harsh and short-term”

    Not to mention the financial cost of housing inmates.

    Yes, the logistics of it is tricky…ideally, we could just put all the violent men who don’t want to act right in their own self-sufficient male-only community somewhere away from everyone else.

  • FierceMild

    I say no confinement but the ocean (maybe some giant squid) and let them occupy themselves with growing their food and caring for livestock. See what kind of Utopia the menz create with no women to ‘tempt’ them and no state to ‘oppress’ them.