An Icelandic activist has been temporarily banned from Facebook after she reposted another user’s death threat. Hildur Lilliendahl Viggósdóttir, among Iceland’s most prominent women’s rights activists, works in Reykjavik city hall as a civil servant. She is now unable to use Facebook for 30 days after taking a screenshot of death threat made against her.
Facebook officials say they banned Viggósdóttir because using others users’ content without their permission is prohibited under the site’s terms.
Reykjavik Grapevine magazine reported that the other wrote: “If I ‘accidentally’ ran over Hildur, she is probably the only person on earth that I would back up over, and leave the car on top of her with the hand brake on!!!;) Put this in your ‘men who hate Hildur’ folder, Hildur Lilliendahl.”
Hildur had reposted the comment in her online photo album, ‘Men Who Hate Women’, which contains dozens of images of men who have made sexist remarks about her.
A Facebook spokesman told reporters from The Daily Telegraph, “At Facebook we deplore bullying. However, we have ways of dealing with it that start with victims reporting the abusive content to us via our onsite links.”