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Instagram And Parent Company, Facebook Ban Image Of Zwarte Piet. Surprised?

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Photos and videos of someone dressed up as the controversial figure of Zwarte Piet (which translates as Black Pete) are now forbidden on social media platforms Facebook and Instagram, the company reported on Tuesday.

After a nine-month process, Facebook is adapting its policy on discriminatory stereotypes worldwide, American company executives explained during a press briefing on Tuesday. The alternative for Zwarte Piet, ‘Roetpiet’ (Soot Pete, whose face is only streaked with soot), without the blackface features, is still allowed.

 

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The Netherlands and Belgium have a long-standing tradition of celebrating the Winter holiday story of Sinterklaas, who is said to visit children’s homes to bring presents and treats on the evening of 5 (the Netherlands) or 6 (Belgium) December.

As the story goes, Sinterklaas has a helper – Zwarte Piet. Adults and children dress up as him, donning blackface and black curly wigs, painting large red lips, and often large golden earrings. The figure has been at the centre of a lot of controversies, with even American reality star Kim Kardashian commenting on it last year.

“We looked at different perspectives and spoke to more than 60 organisations and experts from around the world, including human rights specialists and activists,” they said. Belgian or Dutch ones, however, were not among them, reports De Morgen.

 

 

Source:

https://www.brusselstimes.com/all-news/art-culture/126304/facebook-and-instagram-ban-images-of-zwarte-piet/

 

Good riddance, yes? :flower:

Will Twitter follow suit?

Mel B of Spice Girls already not happy about it since the 90s, backed up by Geri, While the rest of the girls looked aghast and not sure what's going on with those blackfaces.

 

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Brecht
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Mel B speaking up against blackface in the 90s and people still defend Shane Dawson and others because "2010 wAs AnOtHeR tImE" :awkney:

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raragaga

that's absolutely insane. i can't believe this is even a thing

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mauvais

Surprised they didn't push a Zwarte Piet filter for hate-clicks then profusely apologize at the rate.

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Luc

Surprised, yes, but also happy. But Twitter is probably the most toxic social media platform in the netherlands, so I hope they follow suit.

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RenegAde
24 minutes ago, Brecht said:

Mel B speaking up against blackface in the 90s and people still defend Shane Dawson and others because "2010 wAs AnOtHeR tImE" :awkney:

Im not a shane supporter , iv never seen any of his vidoes in full but people arent saying that those things he did arent wrong because they happened in 2010 , people are saying that because it happened in 2010 and he claims to have changed and does not think that way anymore he should be given the benefit of the doubt because everybody makes mistakes and has done something that maybe completely umacceptable to a certain group of people  at the point in  time or another in their lifetime.

They are basically saying cancel culture is trash 

Whats up with you tho bringing shane up ?this is completely unrelated to his issue . This is a  disgusting tradition while shane was a dumb kid acting stupid online 

 

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Shipper

I think this is justified since they are prevented from posting pictures online but not really stopping those people from doing it. 

In a sense, it is a way for those people to realize their culture is hurtful to others and might encourage them to not practice it. 

I hope some Belgian and Dutch monsters can speak on their POV on this. 

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24 minutes ago, RenegAde said:

Im not a shane supporter , iv never seen any of his vidoes in full but people arent saying that those things he did arent wrong because they happened in 2010 , people are saying that because it happened in 2010 and he claims to have changed and does not think that way anymore he should be given the benefit of the doubt because everybody makes mistakes and has done something that maybe completely umacceptable to a certain group of people  at the point in  time or another in their lifetime.

They are basically saying cancel culture is trash 

Whats up with you tho bringing shane up ?this is completely unrelated to his issue . This is a  disgusting tradition while shane was a dumb kid acting stupid online 

 

It's literally the same debate, and it's appalling that blackface keeps coming back in waves of popularity (or in the festival's case, never leaves). Comparing its call-out in the 90's to Shane shows it wasn't acceptable ten years ago, yet people still think it's acceptable today. When two things of a shared theme are prevalent in the news and public consciousness at the same time, it's common to compare them in the same discussions

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38 minutes ago, Luc said:

Surprised, yes, but also happy. But Twitter is probably the most toxic social media platform in the netherlands, so I hope they follow suit.

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BLACK FACE SHOULD BE BANNED EVERYWHERE!

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8 minutes ago, Squeeshy Keety said:

It's literally the same debate, and it's appalling that blackface keeps coming back in waves of popularity (or in the festival's case, never leaves). Comparing its call-out in the 90's to Shane shows it wasn't acceptable ten years ago, yet people still think it's acceptable today. When two things of a shared theme are prevalent in the news and public consciousness at the same time, it's common to compare them in the same discussions

The situations are obviously comparable  but they are so unrelated.  

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