Facebook Gives the Boot to Hezbollah for Hate Speech

August 16, 2012 10:19 am 7 comments

Hezbollah flag in Syria. Photo: wiki commons.

Facebook pages belonging to Hezbollah and the group’s television network Al-Manar, have been taken down by the social media company, according to a report from Israel Radio.

Hezbollah, which is based in Lebanon, is designated as a terrorist organization by the United States and Israel, however the European Union has notably refused to take similar actions.

According to the Israel Radio report, Facebook’s decision to take down the social media pages belonging to Hezbollah and Al-Manar, are due to the group’s records on inciting terrorist activity and their dissemination of hateful messages.

Last month, Apple and Google took steps to bar Hezbollah from their application stores on the web, including streaming videos of Al-Manar which were being made available through the technology companies’ platforms.  Al-Manar was placed on the Department of State’s Foreign Terrorist Organization’s List in 2004 for being a propaganda arm of Hezbollah.

“Al-Manar is a source for anti-American and anti-Israel propaganda and messages of hate and violence,” Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham Foxman said after the companies’ decisions.  ” We commend Apple for removing the app from the iTunes store and appreciate their vigilance in ensuring that terrorist-affiliated organizations will not have access to Apple’s customers.”

Twitter has been asked to take similar actions in banning Hezbollah’s hate speech, however the social media company says it does not want to suppress speech in any way.

7 Comments

  • So weird that FB keeps the JDL hate speech up…. hmmmm I guess some hate speech is bad but some other hate speech is good.
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jewish-Defense-League/9455100791

    • there is something wrong with you if you think that its ok to keep fb pages up that promote hate by a KNOWN terror organization such as Hezbollah. I guess you think its ok for Al Qaeda and Hamas to have pages on fb too promoting hate and murder…nice. I wouldnt want you influencing anyone in what exactly is considered right and wrong.

      • Are you actually defending the JDL – a known terror group that spews vitriol and hatred? Wow. You really are a group of brainwashed thugs.

        • To Art Skell: 1) you are a retard if u think the peace loving JDL is a terrorist group. 2)Calling someone brainwashed is like calling someone closed minded, in both cases u could be the brainwashed or close minded person. 3) u got a problem with facebook, boycott it!! but what u should really do is kill urself, but please not suicide bombing, that would harm people with brains and lives.

      • It is quite possible that nhitong will deter Iran because the leader there is a mental case and he might well desire the destruction of Israel at any cost. He would be please to see himself and his people with Allah after destroying Israel. What better legacy for a nut job?

    • If you are unable to tell the difference between the two, you have a serious problem that I cannot help you with because I don’t have the qualifications of a psychologist. Please seek professional help.

  • Barbara McCarrell

    Why WOULD the European Union take the Terrorists site down? They intend to “use” them as a sort of enforcement army as all these different idiotic groups fight one another to see who’s going to lead this New World Order, the Global Government.

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