If you’ve been living under a rock, pretty much everyone in the world hates Brock Turner. He was recently found guilt of raping a fellow student at Stanford and will receive a light 6 month sentence because his father wrote a letter to the judge asking for his son not to be punished.
In response, several users took to Facebook to share memes of Turner’s yearbook photo to raise awareness of his crime. They included this one…
But several people who posted the meme have recently been complaining that their posts are getting deleted by Facebook.
Facebook confirmed to Gizmodo that they had taken down at least one of the images.
“This content was removed in error, and we are currently working to restore it. Our team processes millions of reports each week, and we sometimes get things wrong. We’re very sorry about this mistake,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.
Gizmodo explains that Facebook’s community standards does not allow bullying of private individuals. But that protection is removed for “matters and people of public interest.”
Facebook’s spokesman said that they had been treating Turner as a private individual, but the uproar caused by his sentencing has only recently drawn him into the public sphere.
But some of those affected aren’t very happy:
“I think it’s further evidence that certain people have privilege, and they can get their needs met,” Emilee Mainali, whose had a post of hers removed, told Gizmodo. There’s this white male privilege bullshit machine that’s definitely driving that bus.”
“Most rapists aren’t caught because they’re not caught doing it. As a woman, I am outraged at this ruling—but on top of all that, then for Facebook to get involved, [and] I’m not even really allowed to say how I feel about it? We do need to have a voice, we need to advocate for ourselves.”
One of the posts that was deleted has since been restored.