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Gwyneth Paltrow: Facebook is a place to judge women

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But Gwyneth Paltrow has spoken out against the objectification and dehumanisation of the internet - and slammed Facebook for its treatment of women.

Speaking to the head honchos from Google and Microsoft among other techie and media types at a conference in LA yesterday she said: “Facebook actually started as a place to judge women on their pulchritude or lack of it.”

That’s physical beauty to you and me.

“I think it’s kind of fascinating that a company that’s so huge and that would come to define much of the modern internet was founded on this objectification of human beings,” Gwyneth added.

Gwyneth Paltrow has spoken out against the dehumanising effect of the internet

We see that Gwynnie kind of has a point. But even if FB did start that way, surely it’s evolved now to become so much more?

To become a place for millions upon millions of cute baby snaps, funny cat vids and somewhere we can share evidence of Friday night’s drunken antics across the world, including directly onto the narrow newsfeeds of senior family members (who definitely would rather not see them).

Gwyneth went on: “I expect us to be ourselves no matter what the reaction, to know that it’s okay to be at once irreverent and practical. And above all, to not give a f*** if the Facebook guys think we’re hot or not.”

We think this is an appropriate place for a pause and a round of applause to feminist-toting Ms Paltrow.

Facebook: a place to judge women?

The Oscar-winning actress went on to describe the world wide web as a place that is “sometimes dangerous for our development,” where kids have access to both horrible social-media comments “and porn that would even freak me out, which says a lot.”

And she also spoke out about internet trolls and the effects they have on her life and her friends.

"It's like the scabs from your high-school wounds being ripped off on a daily basis," Gwyneth said before giving a chilling example of a celebrity friend who posted a "normal photo" on Instagram only to receive a comment from a user who expressed a desire to "rape and disembowel" her.

"At a certain point when you've been made fun of and dragged through the mud for 20 years you realise it's not really about you," she added.

Gwyneth hopes that evolution will bring changes to the way we live online.

"It's no accident that as the internet grows, the voices get softer and softer because there are so many of them, we're drawn to authenticity," she said.

Words: Sofia Zagzoule

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