Migrant Tales understands that a complaint had been made to Facebook about a racist community called Puskaraiskaajien rasistinen tausta ! or “The racist background of rapists [hiding] in bushes.” Facebook concluded that it did not breach community standards.
Does this mean that the Facebook site doesn’t insult and degrade minorities like blacks and Muslims? Not at all!
Social platforms like Facebook and Twitter are responsible for much of the racism and bigotry that you’ll find on social media today.
But at least Perussuomalaiset (PS)* MP Laura Huhtasaari considers the Puskaraiskaajien rasistinen tausta ! Facebook community to be so racist that she doesn’t want to have anything to do with it.
Huhtasaari is in hot water this week after Helsingin Sanomat exposed her belonging to that racist Facebook community.
Posting a picture on that Facebook site of a black child in a pail eating a watermelon that reads “a bucketful of shit” does not apparently breach Facebooks’ community standards. Fine.
But at least Huhtasaari has more sense than Facebook since she considers her membership in that community could either hurt or boost her political career.
Racism and xenophobia are crowd pleasers in today’s Finland and can do wonders for your political career.
Huhtasaari apparently panicked after the Helsingin Sanomat story and accused without any evidence Sakari Timonen, one of Finland’s best anti-racism bloggers, for tipping of the country’s biggest daily about her membership in that group. She even accused him of hacking her in that group.
Under her profile picture on the Facebook site it read that Huhtasaari joined and was not joined by someone else.
“Joined or joined by doesn’t make any difference because even if you are joined by someone else,” a person who is knowledgeable about Facebook told Migrant Tales on condition of anonymity, “you still get a notification and have to accept it.”
“For example, I can be a member of a group and send you an invite,” the person continued. “If you accept, you have been joined by me. You don’t ‘automatically’ get added to a group [on Facebook].”
It strongly appears that Huhtasaari, a known Islamophobe, was caught unawares on that Facebook community by Helsingin Sanomat.
The more she denies what really happened, or cannot offer a credible explanation, the worse her problems will get.
* The Finnish name of the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The English-language names adopted by the PS, like True Finns or Finns Party, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and xenophobia. We therefore prefer to use the Finnish name of the party on our postings.