Gay politician Brian Sims banned from Facebook for sharing a homophobic slur directed at him.
The Pennsylvania State Representative is speaking out against the social network’s actions.
Sims’ original post was from an alleged Baltimore resident named Jill Freb.
She sent him a message, stating: ‘You get out faggot.’
Brian Sims banned from Facebook for 24 hours
Sims shared the message on his profile and asked people to report her. However, the user quickly changed her screen name and photo to avoid consequences.
But then Facebook banned both his public and private accounts for 24 hours for reposting the slur.
People can post homophobic slurs when quoting others under Facebook’s Community Standards.
Sims alerted his followers to being banned on Twitter and his account was restored 15 hours later.
‘The issue has got to be prioritization,’says Sims.
‘We get that Facebook is a multi-billion dollar, multinational corporation. So, no, I don’t expect that for every user, there’s a corresponding employee reviewing any and all complaints.
‘However, both anecdotally and in my own personal and professional life, I’ve seen so many examples of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, bigotry, xenophobia, both direct and broad, and have called out to who Facebook tells us is responsible for reviewing those, and nothing happens.
‘Or, something like this happens, where somehow the flip side of the appropriate action is what Facebook decided to take,’ he added.
‘[Facebook] is not taking this seriously.’
Sims added: ‘Taking no action against those kind of statements is wrong. Taking actions like this, where you’re just patently wrong from the get-go, is also wrong.
‘But all of it is an indication that they’re either not taking this seriously, or they’re not doing it competently….
‘Every single day, I work with women and people of color whose professions, whose expertise, whose talent is making these kinds of decisions, and it doesn’t sound like Facebook is working with them….
‘The kind of thing that happened to me happens to women, to people of color, immigrants all the time.’
A Facebook spokesperson said: ‘We allow people to share messages they receive even hateful ones.
‘Removing this post was a mistake in misunderstanding that it was discussing a message Representative Sims had himself experienced.
‘The post also does not violate our Community Standards and has been restored and Representative Sims is no longer in a feature block.’