“Feminazi ideology” is a term being used by Facebook supporters in celebration of Isla Vista killer Elliot Rodger, and unfortunately, it took multiple user requests and attention from The Guardian before the social networking site would do anything about it.
As of Tuesday morning, the page has been removed, but it was a hard-fought removal, and Facebook is now being criticized for only responding when their original decision to leave it up fell under the watchful eye of the same folks that gave us Edward Snowden.
From The Guardian report:
The page, which described the murderer as making “the ultimate sacrifice in the struggle against feminazi ideology”, had been the subject of numerous complaints from Facebook users.
All reported it for violating the site’s community standards, accusing it of breaking rules against harassment, hate speech, and threats of violence.
Unfortunately, the site initially balked at taking action, telling users Ian Miles Cheong, Tim Simmons, and Australian campaign group Destroy the Joint that the page didn’t violate site standards, The Guardian noted.
Finally, sometime on Memorial Day, after being contacted by the high-profile news site, Facebook decided enough was enough and removed the page, adding that it violated the site’s policies.
“While the company wouldn’t comment specifically on the reasons the page had been removed, it pointed out that registering under a false identity, improperly collecting personal information, infringing intellectual property rights and violating community standards are all reasons content can be removed from the site,” The Guardian added.
By now, you’ve no doubt heard about the fatal shootings committed by Elliot Rodger as well as his admitted motivations.
According to a video that Rodger shot just before he died, the shooter said the following:
“It’s not fair. You girls have never been attracted to me. I don’t know why you girls have never been attracted to me, but I will punish you all for it. It’s an injustice, a crime, because I don’t know what you don’t see in me. I’m the perfect guy, and yet you throw yourselves at all these obnoxious men, instead of me, the supreme gentleman. I will punish all of you for it. [Laughter.] On the day of retribution I will enter the hottest sorority house of [University of California-Santa Barbara], and I will slaughter every single spoiled stuck-up blonde sl*t I see inside there. All those girls that I’ve desired so much, they would have all rejected me and looked down upon me as an inferior man if I ever made a sexual advance towards them. While they throw themselves at these obnoxious brutes. I’ll take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you. You will finally see that I am in truth the superior one. The true Alpha Male.”
With that, Elliot Rodger killed and then died by his own hand.
Someone actually found Rodger’s attack on “feminazi ideology” worth celebrating and started a social networking page in his honor. Whether Facebook was trying to save face after initially refusing to delete the content pales in comparison to the fact that it has been removed.