SENIOR politicians have torn into Facebook after it refused to take any action over an MP being called “a fat murderous c***”.
The vicious abuse was sent to Labour MP Stephen Doughty over the social media platform.
But when he complained to Facebook bosses and asked them to remove it, the company refused – claiming it was important “to allow discourse”.
The California-based tech giant agreed the language would constitute abuse by its own definition.
But it told him: “We do not apply our bullying policies to public figures”.
Only hate speech or “credible threats” made against MPs are removed it added.
Furious Mr Doughty posted the exchange on Twitter yesterday.
The MP for Cardiff South and Penarth added: “If you wonder why Facebook, Twitter etc are increasingly becoming difficult places, here’s another example of abuse we get + the response of the social media companies – who think we deserve a different threshold of abuse “to allow discourse”.
The original offensive remark was sent to Mr Doughty by Facebook user Philip Price.
He posted: “Stephen Doughty, I now weigh 232 pounds, which is far too much, but I’m hoping is less than you, you fat murderous c***”.
Other senior Labour figures weighed in to support Mr Doughty and demand action.
Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner tweeted: “What part of this abusive tweet is acceptable @facebook @Twitter ? Your response in this case is totally unacceptable”.