“I think we can be bigger than the niggardly diggers looking for reasons to be offended. Post with vigor about chiggers and riggers and giggers”
…was taken down by Facebook, which informed him that “We removed this from Facebook because it violates our Community Standards.”
In light of this, conservative blogger Charlie Martin wants to know how Facebook reconciles this action with its allowing multiple “kill George Zimmerman” pages, and even more pages with “nigger” in the title.
Your Ethics Alarms Quiz of the Day:
Is Facebook’s enforcement of its “community standards” fair, objective, and unbiased?
Well, obviously not.
Granted, Facebook can run its platform however it wants to. However, if it claims to be politically and ideologically neutral with consistent standards, it has an obligation to be so. It isn’t.
I’m not crazy about Williamson’s coy pseudo-racist satire: it’s right up, or rather down, there with other cutesy ways of saying socially disapproved words without really saying them. On the other hand, why is this use of “chigger” more offensive that the coded “n-word,” which is ubiquitous?
As I have written before, if Facebook is going to have content standards, it either has to come up with better ones, or get smarter people to administer them. Right now, its policies are incoherent, politically biased, irresponsible, and dumb.
Source: The PJ Tatler
Graphic: Medicine Net