The social networking site Facebook, which always claimed to be pro-LGBT, has once again severely disappointed the gay, and in particular the trangender community. This time it is because it has allowed a page that targeted a transgender girl who committed suicide for not fitting in.
Only after a complaint by influential persons did Facebook remove this hate page. The page in question was directed against transgenders and referred to the suicide of the transgender girl Leelah. The name of the page was: 'Go Truck Yourself,' which referred to the fact that Leah had taken her own life by jumping in front of a truck. The page was full of hateful messages directed against transgenders, inciting them to take their own lives. The page was also full of racist and xenophobic remarks.
Dozens filed a complaint with Facebook about the page, but Facebook continuously stated that the page was not contrary to their policy. For many, this statement was beyond belief. This is understandable, as Facebook has always claimed to be LGBT-friendly (which in practise seems to mean nothing). Secondly, their own policy mentions that stirring up hatred is unacceptable. Yet the page remained on-line for a long time, only to be taken off-line after a complaint from the American LGTB and transgender news website GayStarNews.com. Only after the editorial staff of this website filed a complaint did Facebook remove the hate page within an hour's time.
It has long been known that Facebook often does not follow its own rules. Earlier, photographs of women suckling their baby were removed, but the site did allow pages that would incite killing members of minority groups. Also, photos of kissing homosexuals were removed, but photos that contained violence were allowed. Last year, pages by transgenders were removed by Facebook because people did not use their own name. But a page that has a title that incites people to commit suicide and is directed at minority groups is allowed.