Facebook and GLAAD team up to reduce anti-gay bullying

A new initiative has arisen between giant social networking site Facebook and The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), in an attempt to lessen the amount of anti-gay bullying that occurs online.

It has become more and more apparent in recent times just how much hate speech and derogatory comments are made on the Internet. One recent example of this was when a Facebook page which had been established particularly to commemorate suicide victims of anti-gay bullying, was overwhelmed by hateful anti-gay remarks, according to Jolie O’Dell over on Mashable. With the help of GLAAD, members of the gay community were able to have the derogatory comments and images eradicated.

Other recent cases have highlighted just how much anti-gay bullying goes on and more organizations and celebrities are joining in deterring such behaviour. Because Facebook is such a huge online platform where many bullied teens and adults may be seeking comfort and solace it’s sad that it can also be one of the places where such abuse is evident. It says something about Facebook then that they have responded to this negative side of social networking and announced plans to tackle online abuse and comments with more speed, removing content that violates terms of service.

Today Andrew Noyes, Facebook Public Policy Communications Manager e-mailed that the company will “work closely with GLAAD and other LGBT organizations on future initiatives.” We shall look forward to these developments with interest. For more on this go to mashable.com. You may also be interested in our recent article about a new iOS app from MTV to help bullied teens. What do you think about this initiative from Facebook and GLAAD? We’d be interested to hear from you so please do send us your comments.

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