Facebook has removed a number of controversial pages that made jokes about rape. The move follows a petition signed by 186,000 people and controversy over an alleged claim by a Facebook spokesman that what one person considers offensive is considered a joke by someone else. Facebook initially insisted that it would not remove the pages, because they were merely free speech.
However, it’s alleged that a number of companies asked for their adverts to not be shown on the pages in question. The pages arguably violate Facebook’s terms and conditions, and were finally taken down this week. But some campaigners remain angry, saying that Facebook was too slow to deal with the problem.
Some users agreed with Facebook, however, saying that the pages were merely harmless fun and that Facebook shouldn’t be forced to start curtailing free speech. It seems that the social networking site has now decided, however, to shut the pages down, even if the criticism might continue.