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Facebook and GLAAD team up to battle bullies

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Facebook has announced a partnership with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) to battle cyber bulling by monitoring and responding to anti-gay hate speech posted on the social networking site.

“This violent, hateful speech has no place in our media- whether it in print, on the airwaves, or online,” GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios said in a statement. “Facebook has taken an important first step in making social media a place where anti-gay violence is not allowed. Our community needs to continue to be vigilant and report instances of hateful comments and images across the site to Facebook moderators as well as post messages of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth.”

The suicides of several gay teens has grabbed headlines in recent months, prompting a Facebook event that encourages LGBT supporters to wear purple on October 20 in memory of those who had died. The event has drawn a slew of support from the Facebook community, but also garnered incendiary anti-LGBT comments. GLAAD contacted Facebook officials, who agreed to monitor the event page.

Facebook and GLAAD said that they would continue to work together on future projects that support lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth.

Full story at PC Mag.

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