Facebook Enlists More Help to Tackle Anti-Gay Bullying

Published: October 20, 2010

Facebook and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) last week announced a partnership to tackle hate speech on the social-networking site. Facebook is now expanding that collaboration to several other organizations to ensure that its online community is free from cyber-bullying.

Facebook is forming what it calls a "Network of Support" as a preventative measure against LGBT bullying, which includes MTV’s a Thin Line campaign, GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the Trevor Project, the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), and Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).

"It’s not just about removing bad content, it’s also about preventing it," said a blog post on Facebook’s safety page. "We believe that educating people about the lasting and damaging impact of hateful remarks is a shared responsibility and that’s why we routinely call upon top Internet safety experts – like members of our Safety Advisory Board – for advice and resources for our Safety Center and Safety Page."

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