Monday, May 08, 2017

Facebook limits pages of two "ex-religious" groups, reasons unclear

Patheos reports that Facebook has placed temporary restrictions on the “broadcast” rights of two pages run by “anti-religious” groups.  The story is here.   One of the groups is “Ex Muslims of North America” and the other is Atheist Republic.

The groups are allowed to post to their pages, but for at least one week the pages cannot be aggregated into followers news feeds.

It’s not apparent how their content could have violated Facebook standards, either against hate speech or particularly, perhaps, “fake news”.  But the action was based on user complaints, which could have been practicing Muslims or evangelical Christians.
Would an ex-gay page be treated the same way?  Would a “health” page that does “fat shaming” be treated this way?  A good question for Milo.

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