(WARNING: Disturbing content)
Every now and then you come across a social media post so vile and offensive, it makes you sick to the stomach and you wonder what horrific set of circumstances created such a hateful person.
I had the misfortune of coming across one of these posts recently in my Facebook feed. I’m not sure how this happened as I’m pretty sure none of my friends would be friends with this monster. Which makes the whole thing even more disturbing, as his posts must turn up randomly on many Facebook users feeds.
A peak at his Facebook page revealed him to be a regular poster of racist, homophobic and misogynistic content. Here are just a few (I have covered his name to prevent me from becoming one of his targets. I get the feeling that he’s a psychopath; best not to aggravate such types)
So, I decided to report these posts because, well, Facebook has strict Community Standards, doncha know.
Within a few hours, I got this response for each of the posts I reported:
They removed one post (but not the ones you see, above, which are still there).
In light of the horrific Leslie Jones debacle I am shocked that Facebook does not take a stronger stance against hate-mongering trolls. The fact that they allow this deranged man to continue his vitriolic posts publicly for all to see means that they condone his behaviour, and others like him.
It is time for social media platforms to take responsibility for the hate they are allowing to germinate by taking a firmer stand against trolls. Facebook, I am so terribly disappointed in you.