A man posts pictures of himself having sex with an overweight woman along with cruel, degrading comments. Facebook sees nothing wrong with it.
The world’s biggest social media network threw up its hands after a Facebook user in Australia recently posted the despicable images and captioned them, “What’s the biggest whale you have harpooned? I went through a tubby phase and landed this 130kg (286-pound) beast.”
The images were shared in a closed men’s group of nearly 15,000 members where it received hundreds of likes and comments including, “That is bordering on bestiality!!!” and “This man has been to war and earned his stripes.”
The incident came to light after Hayden Brien, a member of the group, reported the images to Facebook. The site’s response: It “doesn’t go against any of our specific Community Standards.”
Brien took a screenshot of the post along with one of the images and shared it on his page, calling out Facebook for not removing it. (His screenshot censored the woman, but still showed the naked man on top of her.) The post has since gone viral.
“Men’s groups can be a great help to plenty of people going through tough times,” Brien wrote, “but ‘banter’ is no excuse for this sort of behavior.” He added that Facebook’s response was “beyond a joke” and the images remain in the group.
Facebook’s current Community Standards page on sexual violence and exploitation states that it will remove images “shared in revenge or without permissions from the people in the images.” The company hasn’t responded to a request for comment on the posting.
One woman commented on Brien’s post along with a screenshot of an apology from someone she claims is the person who shared the disgusting post. She said the purported perpetrator has changed his name and profile images.
“There is no excuse for what I have done and I am extremely and deeply sorry,” the post said, adding that the…