Lawsuit Filed Over Anti-LGBT Bullying & Harassment in Mississippi School District


The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) announced a new lawsuit today over anti-LGBT mistreatment at school: The organization is suing Mississippi’s Moss Point School District, the district’s school board, and two district administrators on behalf of a student, Destin Holmes, “who endured such severe harassment she was eventually driven out of school.” Click here or on ‘Read More’ to learn more and to watch a related video.

Facebook Censors a Youth Allies Promotion
(Update: Facebook Has Apologized)

Computer in Chains

Facebook has censored a Youth Allies promotion.

[December 13 Update: Facebook has apologized. See below.]

Earlier today, I posted a story about a court ruling in India that upheld an anti-gay law. I then posted a link to the story on Facebook. I also decided to spend a few dollars promoting the post on Facebook (that is, I tried to “boost” it, to use the Facebook lingo), with the goal of further spreading the news about the devastating setback for human rights in India. Promoting, or boosting, a post on Facebook increases the number of users who will see it. Boosting a post typically only requires the click of a few buttons, and I haven’t previously encountered serious problems.

This time, however, I received the following notice from Facebook: “Your Post wasn’t boosted because it violates Facebook’s ad guidelines by advertising adult products or services, including toys, videos or sexual enhancement products. The post remains published, but it is not running as an ad.”

This is outrageous. I most definitely have not “advertis[ed] adult products or services.” And there is nothing remotely inappropriate about my post or about the story to which it links. The post and story pertain to a serious human rights dispute before the highest court of the world’s largest democracy. Facebook likens this to a sex toy advertisement?

Readers can also judge for themselves: A screenshot of the post that Facebook refuses to “boost” appears below (along with Facebook’s rejection notice). The story to which the post links appears here.

Click here or on ‘Read More’ to view the full post and to see what Facebook refused to promote.