It’s Official: One Year On, Aboriginal Women Performing Ceremony Is Still Offensive

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We just got banned (again) by Facebook, this time for sharing a story that Facebook invited us to share. No kidding. Chris Graham explains.

Okay, so this is getting a little complicated.

My Facebook account – and my access to the New Matilda Facebook account – has just been suspended (9am, Wednesdsay morning).

Why? Because this morning, I shared a story that Facebook invited to me to share.

By way of background, a year ago today, we published a story about the shaming of women – particularly Aboriginal women – on social media, written by prominent Arrernte writer, feminist, and unionist Celeste Liddle. The feature image on that story was of two Aboriginal women performing ceremony in Central Australia. And here it is again.

Aboriginal women from the remote Central Australian community of Ampilatwatja performing at a public ceremony in 2010 to protest against the Northern Territory intervention. (IMAGE: Chris Graham, At Large Media).
Aboriginal women from the remote Central Australian community of Ampilatwatja performing at a public ceremony in 2010 to protest against the Northern Territory intervention. (IMAGE: Chris Graham, At Large Media).

It was deemed by Facebook to have breached community standards. Meanwhile, these two images – published on other media sites at the same time – were not deemed to breach those same standards.

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As a result, Facebook banned me, New Matilda, numerous New Matilda readers, and the author of the story, Celeste Liddle… who was banned a total of seven times, spanning one month.

This morning, Facebook invited me to ‘share a memory’ from a year ago… namely, the story for which we all got banned in 2016.

So, of course, I did. And I wrote a story about how ridiculous it all is.

I lasted less than an hour. Facebook has banned me once again, this time for sharing the story that they invited me to share.

We’ll keep you posted on who else gets banned… because our latest story had already been shared dozens of times, including by, you guessed it, Celeste Liddle, Facebook’s Public Enemy Number 1.

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Chris Graham

Chris Graham is the publisher and editor of New Matilda. He is the former founding managing editor of the National Indigenous Times and Tracker magazine. Chris has won a Walkley Award, a Walkley High Commendation and two Human Rights Awards for his reporting. He lives in Brisbane and splits his time between Stradbroke Island, where New Matilda is based, and the mainland.

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