Facebook removes “We Are Against Pink Dot” public group for hate speech

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Facebook has apparently removed the “We Are Against Pink Dot” (WAAPD) public group for violating its community standards. Following a link to the Facebook group shows that the page has indeed been deactivated.

Facebook user Roy Tan shared a screenshot of a notification the user who reported the page received from the social media website informing them that the page has been removed. Tan shared: “Great news, everyone! Facebook has removed We Are Against Pink Dot in Singapore for hate speech.”

In a subsequent comment, Tan revealed that he was not the one who reported the page this time: “WAAPD wasn’t reported by me, though. It was done by a friend studying overseas and others.” He added in another comment, “When I reported WAAPD for hate speech several years ago, Facebook didn’t do anything. This coup was achieved by others reporting it only recently.”

Another Facebook user, Yew Hing Yappy Yap, shared in a comment: “FINALLY!! I have reported before too but FB did nothing. I suspect this time round it might be due to what is happening in the US n led to FB tightening n tidying to present a “cleaner” image. FB even sent me a note asking if I need help for managing my stress when I shared an article on assisted suicide. They probably feel that I wanna kill myself. LOL!”

Great news, everyone! Facebook has removed We Are Against Pink Dot in Singapore for hate speech. 🙂

Posted by Roy Tan on Wednesday, 9 May 2018

WAAPD has called itself a “public advocacy group” in the past. An earlier, unrelated statement set out the mission of the group, which had thousands of members, as such:

“WAAPD is made up of a cross section of Singaporeans from all walks of life, belief systems, ethnicity, gender and creed.
“We were set up to discuss the attempt to promote a homosexual movement in Singapore. This movement is not part of our traditional family values.
“We are clear that our position is to reject the promotion of the homosexual lifestyle.”