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Facebook takes down anti-Roma page

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Facebook has responded to criticism and banned the page ‘Say No to Roma Gypsies’ due to the fact that it was in breach of their Community Standards.

The page targeted the Roma community with comments such as: “I f*cking hate these vile pieces of sh*t. They should be f*cking incinerated..!!”

Facebook’s initial response to complaints was: “We reviewed the comment you reported for containing hate speech or symbols and found it doesn’t violate our Community Standards.”

Facebook’s Standards state: “We do not permit individuals or groups to attack others based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or medical condition.”

Following a campaign by The Big Life group, working with other organisations and individuals, Facebook have now removed the page.

“We’re really pleased that this page has been removed,” said Fay Selvan, CEO of The Big Life group. “Online communities like ‘Say No to Roma Gypsies’ do not contribute to the public discussion and only serve to stir up tension and disseminate dangerous myths and rumours.”

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In 2011, The Big Life group ran the Roma Community Cohesion Project which worked in partnership with local schools, health services, Manchester University, Manchester City Council and Greater Manchester Police to build greater understanding between the Roma community and other residents in the Longsight and Gorton areas of Manchester. An evaluation of the project is available here.

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