For those of you who don’t know the story about the inception of Facebook, it’s pretty brutal. Zuckerberg, created the application out of spite. A dweeby little sophomore who couldn’t catch a break with women, decided to create a site to rank women on how hot they were.
Yeah, this scene from Aaron Sorkin’s The Social Network, actually happened. And in case you’re wondering, Zuckerberg is now worth $100 billion.
Public opinion has finally set in that the misogynist known as Zuckerberg isn’t a good person, due to Facebook’s censorship issues and election tampering. However, the issues regarding Facebook’s treatment of women have clearly been around since the beginning of the site.
Facebook and Instagram (which is owned by Facebook) have continuously taken down photos and locked accounts where women have promoted body positivity, sex work, and even period stains.
The hilarity of the fact that women now use the site to monetize their hotness, sexuality, and femininity, when Zuckerberg intended it for a means to belittle the entire gender, shouldn’t be lost on us. Now, he’s doing everything in his power to stop female empowerment. Regardless of your opinion on whether or not sex work is legitimate, I think as women we can all agree that period stains and everyday female bodies should not be banned content.
Instagram has repeatedly penalized photographer Camille Brandon, whose mission is to normalize “natural and normal bodies.” Posts have been taken down and she’s under looming threat of having her account shut down.
Here’s an article about Camille Brandon.
Check out her Instagram account.
The poet Rupi Kaur challenged Instagram back in 2015 when the application deleted the photo below on the basis that the picture didn’t adhere to community standards (despite the fact that she is fully clothed).
Check out her Instagram here.
Facebook has finally announced the formation of a new oversight board that will review content and decide whether it adheres to their set of standards. It will be made up of 40 individuals whom Zuckerberg has promised will have real power. The board will review content ranging from hate speech, dangerous activity, and adult nudity and sexual activity. Is this a step in the right direction? Who’s to say? Can Zuckerberg’s words even be trusted? Doubtful. And what’s scary is that this man has more power than any man should.
What is certain is that Zuckerberg hates women and he’s amassed a fortune because of it. Can we as women support the platforms? Unfortunately, it’s hard to see the alternative now that humans and businesses so heavily rely on a social media presence. Likely we can’t all do away with our Instagram and Facebook accounts. In many ways, Instagram and Facebook have highly positive aspects, like our capability to stay connected and share our voices. However, when Zuckerberg says he wants to use Facebook to better the world, take it with a grain of salt.
For more Facebook absurdity, check out this Vice article that discusses the platform’s ‘Breast Squeezing policy’