Like fellow media giants Google and YouTube, Facebook is once again enforcing an anti-gay double-standard. According to admins operating the Have A Gay Day page, over 100 contributors have been blocked from logging in and banned from posting photos for up to 30 days because an “offensive” image depicting two men kissing was posted last night. It “violates community standards.”
In a statement released following the incident, Have A Gay Day says “the only thing visible was lips touching,” and the photo has been posted numerous times in the past without issue. The caption ironically reads “Did this picture offend you? Did you ever think, maybe your opinion is offensive?”
This isn’t the first time that the morality robot policing gay content on Facebook has blocked LGBTs for the most unoffensive things. Earlier this year, the site attempted to shut down advocacy group Gay Marriage USA’s page for posting another “offensive” photo of an interracial couple, and struck again in October when this photo of gay men kissing was just too much to handle.
In all these cases, Facebook is quick to remind everyone that the company itself does not ban/block users for posting photos that violate Facebook’s “policies and community standards,” but operates a dangerous algorithm that allows hateful users to “report” the photo as “offensive,” effectively shutting down the accounts of LGBTs with blatant homophobia.
Facebook will most likely reinstate the posting privileges of Have A Gay Day users once they catch wind of the situation, but how many more times do we have to go through this song and dance before this “progressive” company takes banning rights out of the hands of users?