Sep 8, 2021

Somali feminist: Facebook is being used to silence me

Hanna Paranta, who helps rape and domestic violence survivors via her Facebook page, says she received the phone call a year ago from one of those campaigning against her work. Her Facebook page has more than 130,000 followers, but she believes that Somalis who are against greater female equality have reported her to Facebook in an effort to get her page shut down. A Facebook spokesperson said that while critical discussions were permitted the company did not allow people to "Abuse or harass" others on Facebook. For Ms Wehelie and Ms Paranta language is the main reason why Facebook is not investigating the fake reports - and they feel they are not being taken seriously because they are women from the Somali community. "My view is that when these people are using their language, Facebook does not understand," says Ms Wehelie, suggesting that Facebook's translate function for Somali does not work properly.

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