Facebook has been accused of censorship after links to the website of a feminist campaign group who are concerned about plans to allow transgender people to "self-identify" as women were blocked.
The social media giant temporarily prevented users from visiting and sharing Women’s Place UK’s website, saying it was for users’ “safety” as the site was “malicious”.
The links were restored within a few hours following complaints from several users.
We are just a group of individuals concerned that women are not being allowed to meet up and discuss proposed legislation. We know that is not right
Kiri Tunks, co-found of Women's Place UK
Women’s Place UK was established in September 2017 shortly after the Government pledged to amend the Gender Recognition Act, allowing people to legally change their gender without medical authorisation.
The group say they want a “simple and reasonable” debate on the impact of the Act and that the Government “can’t bring in a change to the law that affects women’s rights without consulting women.”
Kiri Tunks, co-founder of Women’s Place UK, said: “It is tedious and it just wears you down. I don’t think anyone thinks that Facebook are going to ban us long term because we are clearly not a malicious hate group, but that constant battering is meant to make us give up and go away - but that’s not going to happen.
“I think social media can really be used as a force for good, but we have to train those who control it to do so in a democratic way.
"We are just a group of individuals who are slightly concerned that women are not being allowed to meet up and discuss proposed legislation. We know that is not right."
Facebook were contacted for comment.
Women’s Place UK also receive trouble when trying to hold meetings, including venues pulling out at the last minute due to harassment from transgender rights campaigners and, most recently, two bomb threats which are still being investigated by police.
Ms Tunks said: "Every event we have put on has been attacked in some way.
“Venues get so harassed that in the end they turn around and say they know there isn’t a problem with us but it’s just too much hassle for them. Which effectively shuts women’s voices down and that has just got to be wrong.
“The idea that in 2018 women wanting to meet to discuss their rights under the law should have to get police protection is ludicrous.”