We want to exclude certain people who are famous or controversial in their own right and don’t deserve our protection
Facebook has been tightening up its anti-bullying rules, and banning users from posting offensive images that will seek to stir up hate against individuals. However, they are leaving out certain characters from their list, such as Osama Bin Laden and JESUS. “The types of groups and individuals excluded from protection include Jesus, the mass murderer Charles Manson, Osama bin Laden, rapists and domestic abusers, any political and religious leaders before 1900 and people who violate hate speech rules,” The Guardian reports.
“We ask people who discuss these topics in an insensitive way to do so transparently so that others may engage with or challenge them,” Facebook explained. “If you make these jokes on Facebook you cannot do so anonymously. We force you to publish your name next to it,otherwise we unpublish the page.”
So, why is Jesus excluded from the list?
“We want to exclude certain people who are famous or controversial in their own right and don’t deserve our protection.”
“We allow more robust speech around public figures, but we still remove speech about public figures that crosses the line into hate speech, threats, or harassment. There are a number of criteria we use to determine who we consider a public figure.”