Facebook Deletes Anti-Gay Hate Groups In Serbia

The social-networking site has pulled hateful groups off the internet

Social networking giant Facebook refused to be friends with two anti-gay groups in Serbia, removing the profiles for violating the site’s terms of use. The existence of the groups was first reported on Dec 25 by UK Gay News.

The groups, whose names translate roughly as “Queeria, queers get out of Serbia” and “Stop queers-queeria,” were open groups, with approximately 3,000 members combined. Queeria Centre is the name of a Serbian gay and lesbian Web site.

The hateful groups advocated violence against all gays and lesbians, and in particular targeted Serbian LGBT activists, reportedly sending death threats and circulating personal information, like e-mail, phone numbers and addresses.

In response to the threats, Queeria Centre contacted Facebook, which found the groups to be in violation of the site’s terms of use.

“Facebook has looked into these groups and has confirmed that they violate Facebook’s Terms of Use,” said a spokesperson in the United Kingdom. “As such, both groups have been removed.”

UK Gay News reported soon after that eight similar groups also were deleted.