He was informed it did not breach Facebook’s Community Standards
He was informed it did not breach Facebook’s Community Standards

Facebook refuses to remove fat shaming revenge porn

ONE man has had enough and is fighting back after Facebook refused to delete a fat shaming, revenge porn post published in a secret, gender exclusive group.

The shocking post, published in an undisclosed group with 14,524 male members, showed a man having sex with a female partner accompanied with a disgusting caption.

"What is the biggest whale that you have harpooned? I went through a tubby phase and landed this 130kg beast," the original post in the secret group read.

Upset by the nature of the picture with more than 230 likes and 103 comments - none of which defended the girl - Hayden Brein reported it to Facebook.

To his confusion, he was informed it did not breach Facebook's Community Standards and wouldn't be removed by the social media giant.

With his only avenue to remove the content exhausted, Mr Brein published a screenshot of the content and asked others to share it around, so Facebook would be pressured into taking action.

"I bite my tongue over the daily misogynistic, racist, homophobic & generally uneducated posts in the group because hey, this is a safe space for the working class Aussie males," he wrote.

"This however crosses the line in a very, very big way, and needs to be stopped immediately. "Men's groups can be a great help to plenty of people going through tough times, but 'banter' is no excuse for this sort of behaviour."

Mr Brein said he reported the image to Facebook and was informed no action would be taken as it didn't go against any of the social media giant's specific Community Standards".

"IT REMAINS IN THE GROUP FOR EVERYONE TO SEE IDK HOW THIS IS BEYOND A JOKE," he wrote.

"If you wanna share this and make Facebook take notice that'd be great cause I'm sick of every bloke on planet earth thinking we're some kind of master race and treating women as second rate human beings."

Mr Brein's brave post was met by praise with fellow Facebook users, also fed up with Facebook's efforts to police the platform.

"I have a son and you have given me hope that there is other decent young men our there," wrote one user.

"Hayden, THANK YOU so much for standing up for what's right even when you know you'd cop sh*t for it. Is it in Victoria? Because revenge porn is a criminal offence if it is ... I thought Facebook community standards were improving. Obviously not," added another.

News.com.au contacted Facebook for comment about the post and was advised it needed a link to the group or to the possible violating post before it could investigate further.

Mr Brein refused to name the group but it sounds similar to one of the many Blokes Advice spin-off pages created after Facebook shut down the original following graphic descriptions of rape, revenge porn and violence against women.

However, Facebook refused to shut down the female-only group Bad Girls Advice, after it shared unsolicited naked photos, condoning violence against men, promoting bestiality and memes making fun of the last Tuesday's Manchester bombing attack.

"The content that is shared on Facebook must comply with our Community Standards. If we become aware of content that does not comply, we will remove it," a Facebook spokeswoman told news.com.au in relation to the Bad Girls Advice page.

"In relation to groups, a group will only be removed where the majority of the posts in the group violate our Community Standards. If only a small number of posts in a group violate our policies, then those specific posts will be removed and not the entire group."

Even though the official Blokes Advice group had nothing to do with the most recent post, it will do nothing to help the unsavoury image it had been attempting to distance itself from since the original controversy.

"I decided to keep Blokes Advice running because I had faith in the future of the group with correct management," Blokes Advice founder Brock Paulke told news.com.au.

"We've expanded hugely. I stuck to my guns and didn't let the feminists win. It's become something I, my volunteers, friends and family are incredibly proud of."

Mr Paulke said the group, which now has over 400,000 members, has raised close to $100,000 for various charities and acts as a support for struggling men.

"Some of our guys are suicidal," he said. "Many are alienated from their kids or having nightmares in the gender-biased family court. It makes me feel absolutely shattered that these blokes have no one else to turn to.

"It's an outlet, a space where they're able to talk to one another about things blokes have become too afraid to talk about.

"It's had really positive feedback from women too - normal women who aren't raging feminists and can see that blokes need to bond in their own way! It's turned from a simple Facebook page into a brotherhood."

News Corp Australia

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