Facebook shuts down parody page and gives it followers to the page it was parodying

So this is a weird one. Facebook has, apparently, shut down a parody page and then took everyone who liked that parody page and automatically made them like the page it was making fun of. The full story is in the video below.

There's a lot going on here according to the video but the take away for clicktivists here is that not only are parody accounts not safe on Facebook but that they'll add you to the followers of pages that you oppose when they shut down the page. Shutting down the page isn't much of a surprise really. That's not to say it's right, but it definitely isn't coming out of left field. Moving the fans though is as far as I can tell is unprecedented and really problematic when they a) don't ask for your consent, and b) don't tell you what they've done. I can imagine a few scenarios where people will start seeing content without realizing the source once they've been moved over.

This shouldn't necessarily stop you from creating parody accounts but it's a risk you should consider before you go making your next fake Exxon page.

If you don't have anything nice (or not racist) to say, don't say it in Brazil

If you're in Brazil you might just be confronted by the racist comments you post online. In fact, you might see them on your morning commute. A recent campaign in the country is trying to tie real-world consequences to online racism by putting people's racist online comments up on billboards where they live for everyone to see.

Last summer, on the National Day to Combat Racial Discrimination, a news channel's Facebook page was bombarded with racist comments about their weather presenter who just so happens to be black. Criola, a nonprofit that helps black women in Brazil, decided to take those comments offline to examine the consequences they have on both the person making them and the person receiving them.

To do that they took the comments and plastered them on billboards (obscuring the names and pictures of the people making the comments). Not only that, but they used the geotags associated with the posts to put the billboards up in the neighbourhoods of the people who made the comments.

The idea of drawing the online world into the real world to demonstrate the impacts they have on each other is interesting. I'd be interested to see if this actually caused the self-reflection it is trying to or if it would be seen as a megaphone for racists. I'm hopeful it's the former.

via Yahoo News