I caught wind of some groups complaining about a Facebook Group, Heterosexual Awareness Month. They were encouraging members to report it to Facebook for hate speech violations.
I can't say personally I am super-invested in shutting down this page or any page. These things are always Hydras, and the bigger issue is general public education and that is coming along pretty swimmingly.
The foundational premise of this page seems to be one can only be proud of one's heterosexuality by being disdainful and hateful to people who are not heterosexual. And a component of expressing heterosexual pride is spreading lies and misinformation about gays.
Gee. Kind of like the "white pride" movement cannot be proud of their own ethnic heritage without being disdainful and contemptuous of other cultures.
Under the supposed guise of humor they are distributing a lot of ugly misinformation and cheap stereotypes. It certainly seems like a gathering place that collects a lot of homophobes and invites a lot of gay-bashing.
And all the usual discredited any-gay tropes are regularly represented. Some examples after the fold, warning, NSFW nor for the easily nauseated.
It paints all gays as scary and sexually depraved by of course, cherry-picking, from a few individual examples.
It suggests that violently spanking children will prevent them from being gay:
Facebook reviewed and ignored my request.
And though I'm generally a free speech libertarian, I also recognize the First Amendment does not guarantee anyone a Facebook page, and if Facebook chooses to engage in moderating community content, there is no reason not to avail oneself of that service. And in fact, many conservative groups do regularly conduct coordinated attacks on innocuous LGBT pages and report them as "obscene." Many LGBT orgs have had difficulties maintaining pages on Facebook, mostly due to automated disabling. In general Facebook has been fair and responsive when personally engaged by the orgs.
Facebook arbitrated my complaints and came to a conclusion which I disagree with but I can accept. But I do have to wonder what Facebook's standards are relative to hate speech, which are said to be LGBT inclusive, considering some of the filthy, dehumanized lies that are all over that page?
Perhaps Facebook is giving the group a pass because it's all ostensibly an ironic joke, though not in my opinion a funny one.