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Facebook reacts to Bois Locker Room controversy after DCW's notice to Instagram

Social media giant Facebook has broken its silence on the Bois Locker Room controversy that has caused a major outrage in the country.

twitter-logo Ankita Chakravarti   New Delhi     Last Updated: May 5, 2020  | 14:04 IST

Highlights

  • Facebook has broken its silence on the Bois Locker Room controversy that has caused a major outrage in the country.
  • Bois Locker Room is a private Instagram group that comprises of young boys from Delhi, who were found sharing lewd images of teenage girls
  • DCW Chief Swati Maliwal had issued a notice to the Delhi Police and Facebook-owned photo-sharing app, Instagram.

Social media giant Facebook has broken its silence on the Bois Locker Room controversy that has caused a major outrage in the country. The Bois Locker Room is a private Instagram group that comprises of young boys from Delhi, who were found sharing lewd images of teenage girls without their knowledge along with jokes on rape and sexual assault. The incident came to light when the screenshots of the group chats were widely shared on social media.

On Sunday, several influencers on Instagram shared screenshots from the Bois Locker Room group. The screenshot revealed some of the conversations that took place between the members of the group. What was more shocking was that the offenders were not some grown-up adults but were schoolboys from Classes 11 and 12, talking about different ways of raping underage girls and outraging their modesty. A couple of nude/morphed photographs of the women were also shared in the group.

Facebook, the parent company of Instagram reacted to the controversy after receiving a notice from DCW Chief Swati Maliwal.

"We absolutely do not allow behavior that promotes sexual violence or exploits anyone, especially women and young people, and have actioned content violating our Community Standards as we were made aware of it. We have policies that disallow the sharing of non-consensual intimate imagery, as well as threats to share such imagery and we take this issue very seriously. Ensuring our community can express themselves in a safe and respectful way is our top priority," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement

Earlier, taking cognizance of the unsavory conversations that took place on Instagram, DCW Chief Swati Maliwal had issued a notice to the Delhi Police and Facebook-owned photo-sharing app, Instagram.

"The Delhi Commission for Women has taken suo-moto cognizance of reports regarding a group called 'Bois Locker Room' operational on social media platform 'Instagram' which comprises of several hundred members. It is reported that the group is used for sharing objectionable pictures of minor girls and young women many a time with their personal information. The members of the group have been reported to have discussed techniques of raping women and gang-raping minors. Several other illegal acts and comments have been made on the group. The Commission is in receipt of several screenshots of the group wherein the handle names and the usernames are clearly visible," Maliwal's notice to Instagram read.

As per some reports, all the boys involved in the group were aged between 16 and 17 and belonged to posh South Delhi schools. The social media was abuzz with screenshots from the group and some screenshots even revealed that when some boys protested against what was going on in the group, they were threatened by the other members. Even the girls and influencers, who posted about the group on Instagram were abused and threatened. Some of their accounts were even hacked by the members of Bois Locker Room

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