Users angry at Facebook community standards decision

Jake Basford

Social media giant Facebook’s community guidelines have been called into question again after an image comparing those using the ‘Celebrate Pride’ function – allowing those who support LGBT rights and pride marches around the world to show their support by putting a rainbow on their profile picture – to paedophiles was deemed acceptable, despite continued deletion of accounts by trans people and vulnerable people under their ‘real names’ policy.

This was reported by tweeting pictures of the original article and the response email from Facebook earlier today. Images and screenshots are repeated in full below, along with a copy of the text from the email, and Facebook has been contacted for a response.

This comes days after the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that same-sex marriage was entitled to all Americans in a 5-4 vote this week, as commented on by Vada Magazine vlogger Scott Balfour. Facebook apparently embraced this decision by allowing users to add a rainbow flag to their profile pictures.

However, Facebook still continues to implement its blanket ‘real names’ policy which unfairly disadvantaged trans people, drag queens, Native Americans and those who had used online pseudonyms to avoid stalkers and abusers – among others whose names may differ from their deadnames or ‘official’ names.

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Similarly, the community standards policy has been criticised in the past for allowing hate speech and the sharing of videos capturing violence, torture and animal cruelty – although clarifications of these guidelines have been published which aim to rectify this situation.


Facebook’s email reads:

‘We reviewed your report of UberTruths’s photo

Thank you for taking the time to report something that you feel may violate our Community Standards. Reports like yours are an important part of making Facebook a safe and welcoming environment. We reviewed the photo you reported for containing hate speech or symbols and found it doesn’t violate our Community Standards.’

About Jake Basford

Essex-boy living in Cardiff, Jake is a writer, PR/Media officer, and Social Media consultant. Obsessed with video games, American culture and Buffy. Can usually be found at his laptop working.