Facebook Finally Takes Down Controversial Rape Joke Pages

Facebook, the world's largest social network, has moved to delete several rape joke pages that had sprung up on the platform.

According to BBC News, several of these group pages were protested against by organisations that help cope rape victims with their ordeal.

Even if the pages have been deleted by the company, Facebook said that content will be allowed to stay on the platform if the administrators tag it as humour or satire.

The company said that it was forced to delete the pages because the administrators had not marked the content appropriately, which had led to a violation of Facebook's policies.

"We take reports of questionable and offensive content very seriously. However, we also want Facebook to be a place where people can openly discuss issues and express their views, while respecting the rights and feelings of others," the company said in a statement to the BBC.

"Groups or pages that express an opinion on a state, institution, or set of beliefs - even if that opinion is outrageous or offensive to some - do not by themselves violate our policies. These online discussions are a reflection of those happening offline, where conversations happen freely", it added.