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Facebook cracks down, deletes profane profiles

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Facebook is beginning to police its 1 billion users in a effort to crack down on hate speech. 

The announcement follows mounting pressure from women's groups. Several companies have also pulled their advertisements after being featured next to offensive content.

As a result, several obscene Facebook accounts have been terminated.

Laura Bates, Founder of Everyday Sexism Project, helped start the petition to Facebook. "I think it's really important, and a big step in terms of reaching a cultural tipping point in our attitudes towards rape and violence against women," she says. "Facebook has a huge reach with over a billion users, and that means that it does have a very exciting opportunity to shape cultural norms and what is publicly and socially acceptable or not."

The campaign attracted more than 60,000 tweets, and hundreds of thousands of signatures on an online petition.

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