Online Hate Prevention Institute Denounces Holocaust-Denying Facebook Account, Calls on Social Media Companies to be ‘Socially Responsible’

August 13, 2013 12:50 pm 18 comments
Holocaust denial imagery from 'The Untold Story' Facebook account. Photo: Screenshot.

Holocaust denial imagery from 'The Untold History' Facebook account. Photo: Screenshot.

Australia’s Online Hate Prevention Institute denounced a Facebook account Tuesday for spreading “Holocaust inversion and also significant new antisemitism related to Israel.”

In a statement, Dr. Andre Oboler, CEO of the Online Hate Prevention Institute flagged “The Untold History” Facebook account, which is “liked” by 843 people, and features 428 comments, though many of them were made to ridicule the account and its creators.

“Social media is a powerful tool and that power should not be used to take content like this viral.  Social media companies, that have such a major impact on our daily lives, need to behave in a socially responsible manner and to be held accountable when they fail to live up to the standards society expect,” Oboler said.

Holocaust denial imagery from 'The Untold History' Facebook account. Photo: Screenshot.

Holocaust denial imagery from 'The Untold History' Facebook account. Photo: Screenshot.

A briefing document published by the Institute instructs Facebook users on how to flag the account, alerting Facebook administrators to the offensive material and calling for the account to be blocked.

The Untold History” Facebook account was created on March 20, 2013. It mainly features pictures and collages of Holocaust imagery with captions suggesting that the photos were staged, or have been misrepresented by Jewish interests.

Practitioners of Holocaust inversion, a theme which is prevalent on the page,  attempt to falsely portray “Israel, Israelis, and Jews as Nazis,” according to Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

18 Comments

  • We have had GENOCIDE AWARENESS up and running for several years on Facebook. But when we started a sister group called HOLOCAUST AWARENESS it was removed.

    We tried 3 more times and each time the group was taken down by Facebook. And even though hundreds of group members sent messages to Facebook about it, no reason was ever given. Most of the messages weren’t even replied to and the few that were answered were only a form letter stating that it was somehow ‘offensive’.

    We continue on, with groups for the genocides in Armenia, Bosnia, Cambodia, Rwanda, and Sudan, with several more still in the planning stages, and our overall membership nears 30,000.

    We had a lot of discussions within the groups as to what could possibly have been the reason for the groups being removed but no logical explanation was ever come up with by any of us.

    Eventually we hope to create a website for GENOCIDE AWARENESS and once we do: goodbye to Facebook forever. Groups providing information about the Holocaust continue to be removed while groups denying it (as well as other genocides) continue unabated.

    Absolutely disgusting. There is no excuse.

    GENOCIDE AWARENESS:
    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_8633331860

    GENOCIDE AWARENESS:
    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_8633331860

    • facebook is run by Muslims and refuse to remove anti-Semitic groups but regularly are offended by pro-Jews/Israel groups.

    • FreeSpeechforALL

      There should be no blocking of anyone, group or organization that wishes to post their believes or feelings about anything! Free speech should never be quieted for any reason. If you are offended by something don’t read it or listen to it or give them your business! There will always be someone that gets offended by something, should we ban everything then? The people that advocate banning of another person’s content,beliefs and or opinions, well that offends me and should offend anyone who has any sense at all! You don’t like it, tuff doodoo…

  • Vivienne Leijonhufvud

    I firmly believe because the IT industry employ Pakistani Muslim IT contractors; because they are cheaper than any other, is the reason why we are not getting antisemitic hate mail removed. Suggest we get to the big Z directly and some of you I am sure have enough clout to do so. I have been familiar with the IT world for a good while, most companies hire contractors because they are not responsible for the welfare of these guys and have no hassle with immigration authorities. The cheapest are from Pakistan and Kashmir.

  • The Australian initiative is very worthy. This week in the Jewish Chronicle, Dr. Geoffrey Alderman who has a regular column called on the Muslim world to stop its hate campaign against the Jews. Who could have believed that at a time when many Holocaust survivors are still alive (including my ex-husband) such hate crimes are still being committed with impunity.

  • Yahoo news threads have become one of the major conduits for anti-Semitic posters. Anti-Semites regularly post blatant anti-Semitic comments. Such posts can be reported to Yahoo but they are rarely removed.

  • People that are spreading hate are the inferior part of
    humanity. They sound like Julius Streicher and should be treated like him, on the end of a rope.

    • Truly you are the voice of progressive tolerance.

    • Those who say they don’t hate in some way are liars sir. I can appreciate your opinions but multiculturalism is killing Americans everyday. All you ever hear on your liberal media is how the whites are racist but I refuse to apologize for being what I am. If u really wanna get down to facts the Jews are more racist than any other by promoting interracial relations between whites and blacks in the media to basically breed us out of extinction. Yet the really devote Jews won’t even marry outside of there race. Think about that and even research the numbers if u like. They speak for themselves

  • For many in the world it will be consistent to deny or tamper with the Truth when it comes to the History of Israel and the Jewish people and their plight.
    What country or people’s in this world even comes close to what this race of people have lived through and yet remain a strong and prosperous people and nation.
    Truth is as the account written by Moses of the Burning Bush depict’s that Israel would go through fire’re trails but never consumed, may study and understanding, makes me a wittiness to what is Truth.
    My question would be, does the world think it will get away with what they have done and treated this race of people G-D’s people.
    Because of fear they will continue to Deny continue to lie and hide the Truth of what the world is doing until that time come when the world will be shown what they have done, the time to pay for the rough justice will come.
    G-d’s words not mine.

    • I disagree with you whole heartedly. Only two of the twelve tribes of Israel were Jewish the benjinites and the levites. When they were cast out of God’s sight it said to never be looked upon again. The Jews also persecuted Christ and don’t even believe he was the son of God. Now really those are God’s people. What would give you that idea???

  • We should be able to block such sitesWho in our communities can find those sites,and inform providers and us on how to FIGHT ANY SITE LIKE THIS AUSTRALIAN ACCOUNT,weather it is Facebook,or Twitter et.al

    • Carl, the Online Hate Prevention Institute IS an organisation fighting this hate. We just need people to support us, both financially (so we can do more) and by following our Facebook page so they can receive updates and help us report content. We do also have direct contact with Facebook, and when the system fails (as it is doing here) we do follow up with them directly demanding action. So far our success rate is very high, but it does take persistence. We’d welcome your support and that of other readers. – Dr Andre Oboler, CEO Online Hate Prevention Institute

      • I reported the page and got this reply back:

        istory

        You reported The Untold History for containing hate speech or symbols.
        Close
        Status This page wasn’t removed
        Details Thank you for taking the time to report something that you feel may violate our Community Standards. Reports like yours are an important part of making Facebook a safe and welcoming environment. We reviewed the page you reported for containing hate speech or symbols and found it doesn’t violate our community standard on hate speech.
        Report Date Today
        Owner

        The Untold History
        Reason Hate Speech or Symbol

        The best that can be done is to warn people about self haters like Mark Zuckerburg.

        • Hi Nicole,

          OHPI works at a deeper level. From our point of view, when hate is posted, and people report it, then Facebook removes it… that is simply the system working as it should.

          We focus on cases like this one where Facebook is rejecting the reports. We document why the pages are filled with hate. We publish it and shine a light not only on the hate, but on Facebook’s inability to appropriate respond to it. We have direct dialogue with Facebook to explain where they are going wrong and to push them to reconsider. We also run petitions so people can register their anger against bad decision, and we produce reports that highlight the problem and put it on record. We make recommendations for law reform to address the issue (outside of the US), provide consultation to political parties and governments, and work with the media. We also support those who take formal legal action against companies like Facebook, in jurisdictions where this is possible, when everything else has failed. Our support is in the form of technical advice, documentation, etc. We do all of this, and it can take a huge effort, to push companies like Facebook to become better at responding to online hate. Our success rate in reversing these inappropriate report dismissals is very high – it just takes time, effort and ultimately public support both to show we have people behind us and to help fund the response that is needed.

          The issue is not the individual hate pages, it is the broken system that fails to remove them after people have taken the effort to report them. That broken system is what we aim to fix.

          – Dr Andre Oboler, CEO Online Hate Prevention Institute

          • Dr Oboler,

            I would agree with your conclusions if only the premise of them were accurate. I’ve seen many advertisements announcing this facebook along with messages from your company begging facebook users to flag it down for promoting “hate speech” over the past week, messages that were paid for by your company, and I have finally decided to take a look at this “hate speech” page myself…

            Yes it’s crude, but it’s not hate speech. There are no images posted there that implore facebook users to go out and kill somebody. Some of the images posted on this page were “before and after” images of doctored WW2 era photographs that, for example, take pictures of german soldiers smiling and laughing and place them in front of a lynched corpses. Now, this isn’t hate speech in the free world, this is merely the documentation of Allied and Soviet propaganda. Further images, the cruder ones, go onto the draw the parralels between Soviet Russia, the International Finance system and the role of Jews in it and in the foundation and support for the state of Israel, which is in the middle of a brutal apartheid and ethnic cleansing, again this is not hate speech but rather a reflection on the jewish community for having tolerated such actions to be carried out in their name. Or at least, that’s how I would interpret it.

            We may disagree on these points but none of them are factually inaccurate; so to trick facebook users into censoring free and lawful expression by claiming that this facebook page is engaging in “hate speech” and “inciting violence” is damaging to the jewish community, damaging to holocaust survivors, damaging to german survivors and greatly undermines the peace process in Palestine, which itself has far greater ramifications than you or I could possibly begin to imagine.

            I believe that Jews all over the world should come to terms with some of these atrocities carried out in their name, because it’s the only way that the world is ever going to move on. Your actions of waging a campaign to stifle free thought only ensures that for every one person silenced, another 1,000 will take their place, as has always been the case throughout history. I argue that if these people are wrong, if they are lying or misrepresenting the facts, then expose their lies; I, after examining that page and being rather well read on modern history, have found no lies nor incitement of violence or anything in fact that would categorize this page as “hate speech.”

            Again I implore you, if you find something false then instead of using your company and the money of your donations to finance an ad campaign to erase the page from history, why not highlight exactly what lies are being spread, and finance an ad campaign to point out the lies and undermine their entire argument.

            Is this not the most effective way to defeat anybody?

            With regards,

            Brian Kugler, CEO
            Toy Chest Productions

          • Well said Andre! I can add little more than what you have stated. It only appears to me that to those who hate the truth, the freedom to research and express factual truths and opinions is hate.

        • I have also submitted several complaints to FB and received the same form letter.
          In addition I recently commented on The Untold History page about their site, the European Knighthood Project..a racist, anti-Semitic/Zionist, white Nationalist site which also portrays blacks as inferior. The page had the audacity to inform me it is not their site..whereupon I produced a copy of their September comment about their site and the hope that the page would help them to develop it enough so they could focus more on the site.
          Today brought a post on a diplomat supposedly manhandled by Israeli troops. When I posted several articles which disputed this they were ignored.
          My sincere appreciation Mr. Oboler for any help that you may lend in this matter.

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