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Facebook page requires no evidence to call men sexual abusers

[thepostmillennial.com – 11/11/20]

This summer, we witnessed a new wave of #MeToo sexual misconduct accusations on social media targeting powerful men in various industries in the province of Quebec. Like the previous instance of online indictments of sexual harassment, few professed victims could present proof supporting their allegations’ validity. And so, we were told to “believe all victims,” even when evidence was absent.

Not satisfied with the current Quebec’s legal process, Delphine Bergeron and an unnamed collaborator decided to curate a public list of potential sexual harassers’ names. The administrators share the list in question on a Facebook page named “Dis son Nom,” roughly translated into English as “Say his name.”

It includes the names of supposedly sexual harassers. Their names, occupation, employers, and location are listed. Each person on the list is given a rating ranging from 1 to 3. The numbers represent the type of sexual misconduct they are being accused of by their alleged victims. Type 1 is reserved for inappropriate sexual comments, type 2 for grooming, and type 3 for sexual contact.

On the Facebook page, it’s clearly stated in French by its administrators that it will give no context on why these names appear on their list. And so it’s impossible to verify the accusations. And it offers no apparent recourse for the accused to get their names removed from the list.

And so the purpose of the list seems to be a tool to shame and slander alleged sexual harassers without giving them their legal rights to a fair trial. The fact that the list reveals the accused’s employers seems to have the goal of causing them financial harm.

 

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  1. underdog

    Here’s a story from earlier this year in the “New York Post.” It’s yet another example of the destructive consequences brought on by the calculated listing and posting of names via social media:

    https://nypost.com/2020/02/01/being-wrongly-metood-has-ruined-my-life

  2. someone who cares

    So, if no evidence is needed, why can’t we name those people, too?

  3. SR

    Yesterday Facebook suspended my account for a week for posting “Canadians are crazy. Wolverine and Deadpool are proof!”. It was a joke comment in a joke thread, on a joke page. Apparently that’s hate speech or something. But what’s going on in this article or me reporting the Shoot a Pedo guy and his post and images of promoting actual violence, yeah, thats all fine and doesn’t go against their community standards.

  4. kat

    Without evidence, perhaps those accused of baseless allegations of sexual misconduct, need to start filing slander suits, hit Facebook and those publishing slanderous comments about them, in the wallet, where it counts.
    Enough of the baseless claims.

    • New Person

      a defamation/libel suit when the courts prove you are innocent would be a way to force FB’s to change its ways.

      Sandman did it to the legacy media. Maybe it’s time someone or ones do it to FB.

  5. Tim in WI

    The very same can be said about many U.S. & State courts. No real evidence is needed. Ask me how I know. And I’m pretty sure U.S. Sec. 230 would provide coverage for the FB pages mentioned here.

  6. AERO1

    I’m surprised sex offenders haven’t created a counter website for Law enforcement District Attorney’s and population’s who pass these unjust laws.
    I bet if random people had access to their personal information and sex offenders started driving by their houses all day they’d think twice about publicly posting peoples information online

    Good luck

  7. Brandon

    To many people are trying to get one up on Santa. Need a list of people who can’t mind their beeswax and leave people alone. Facebook needs to be the next MySpace irrelevant!!!

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