Another takedown: Facebook removes netizen's catcalling complaint

MANILA, Philippines – A day after Facebook took down a journalist's anti-Marcos post, another netizen also found her post taken down on the social network – this time after she complained about being the victim of catcalling.

On Thursday, June 2, Tamara de Jesus wrote a Facebook post narrating how she was catcalled by a group of men. After berating them for harassing her, De Jesus said she was surprised when one of the catcallers told her she should be flattered. 

The catcaller also cited the example of president-elect Rodrigo Duterte, who had catcalled and whistled at a GMA-7 reporter during a press conference in Davao City on Tuesday.

Duterte has since drawn flak for the move – which, under an ordinance in his own city, is considered sexual harassment.

"I still said it's harassment and just because Dudirty (Duterte) does it, doesn't mean they should. Then as I was walking away, kuya jejemonster two actually screamed, 'Sarap mong pa-rape. Hindi makuha sa joke.' Then they proceeded to laugh," she wrote.

De Jesus then made a critical comment referring to Duterte's action.

"I'm not saying this as a blanket statement to all his supporters...but quite honestly: if you set up an example that throwing around chauvinistic behavior and misplaced machismo is correct, then of course a lot of peope will think it's okay. That everything, as long as it's said jokingly, is okay," she wrote.

On Thursday afternoon, De Jesus wrote a follow up post to say that her post had been deleted, and that she had been unable to log on to her account because her Facebook profile was reported.

She also said she received hate mail for narrating her personal experience, with some commenters accusing her of posting propaganda, while others chose to attack her looks.

"The majority of the hate mail concentrated on the fact that I am fat and that I 'did it all for attention.' That I am an 'ilusyunada' because people will never catcall me because of how I look. That what I posted on my profile was black propaganda. That I was brainwashed by Yellow enough to not see Red. That no one will ever think of raping me because I am fat. That I have no right to say "Dudirty" when in fact, I am a pig (who is dirtier than dirt)," she wrote.

What disappointed her more, she added, was that most of the hate mail came from women.

De Jesus also said that her post was not a direct attack on Duterte.

"What is this world I'm living in? I'm living in a world wherein you're attacked violently for something you experienced. I'm not targeting your president here, it was merely a statement on how influence begets action. Again: monkey see, monkey do," she wrote.

This isn't the first time Facebook has taken down posts critical of politicians. On Wednesday, the social network also took down a post by TV5 anchor Ed Lingao, where he criticized Duterte's plan to allow the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos to be buried at the Heroes' Cemetery.

Lingao said another post – where he compiled the hate comments he got on his original post – was also deleted. He was also blocked from posting on his account for at least 24 hours. 

On Thursday, Lingao said Facebook had lifted its ban on his account, and reinstated his second post, which, the site explained, was deleted by accident.

Facebook's community standards list down the kinds of posts that are not allowed on the website, including hate speech, bullying and harassment, threats, violence and graphic content, among others. 

Facebook users may report posts which violate these standards, and the social network's content reviewers may remove these posts.

But Facebook said that the number of reports on a particular post "does not impact whether something will be removed," and added that it does not remove content "simply because it has been reported a number of times." – Katerina Francisco/Rappler.com