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September 2, 2013 9:07 am

Facebook Fails to Enforce ‘Community Standards’ for Vile Anti-Semitic Page

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An anti-Semitic illustration on "The Untold History" Facebook page. Photo: Facebook.

Facebook is the world’s largest social media website, one with hundreds of millions of users in well over a hundred countries. Despite its size, however, Facebook is not an entirely public forum on which “anything goes.” Rather, it is a worldwide gathering place where certain forms of speech and certain kinds of images are not allowed.

On its community standards page, the site lists a variety of types of speech that are not allowed, including threats of violence, pornography, and spam. Among those prohibited is “hate speech,” about which the policy is as follows:

“Hate Speech: Facebook does not permit hate speech, but distinguishes between serious and humorous speech. While we encourage you to challenge ideas, institutions, events, and practices, we do not permit individuals or groups to attack others based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or medical condition.” [Emphasis added.]

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This has nothing to do with censorship (which is a government activity, and cannot be engaged in by a private individual or organization), but with maintaining a civil space for the exchange of ideas. Granted, that isn’t always the case, but that’s why Facebook makes provision for hate speech to be reported. One can disagree with the policy, but it is clear what sorts of speech are being curtailed.

I was recently pointed in the direction of a Facebook page entitled The Untold History, run by a group out of Sweden that calls itself the European Knights Project, a partner of the Institute for Historical Review. On its masthead, it proclaims in all-caps that it is a “HISTORICAL SITE NON-POLITICAL,” but this is a sham. It is, in fact, a Holocaust denial site that not only presents bogus and falsified history, but also traffics in the vilest sort of anti-Semitism.

Presented primarily in the form of graphics with messages, Photoshopped pictures, and cartoons, the page offers all of the anti-Semitic greatest hits: Jews control America and want to control the world; the Holocaust never happened; Jews exploit the Holocaust myth for money; the Allies did far worse to the Germans, Japanese, and Japanese-Americans than the Nazis did to the Jews; Hitler was a great guy who was just standing up for Christian civilization; Communism is a Jewish tool; Israel is the source of all evil in the world; 9/11 was a Mossad job; etc. In one graphic, a “quote” fabricated by the American evangelist Texe Marrs is put in the mouth of Menachem Begin:

“Our race is the ‘Master Race.’ We are divine gods on this planet. We are as different from the inferior races as they are from insects…. other races are beasts and animals, cattle at best. Our destiny is to rule over the inferior races. The masses will lick our feet and serve us as our slaves.”

Once I had examined “The Untold History” for myself, I reported it to Facebook, and expected it to be quickly removed. Instead, I received this response from administrators:

“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.”

Flabbergasted by this response, I began contacting my Facebook friends, and urging them to report “The Untold History” for violating site standards. Dozens have done so, and all have received the same response. For some reason that is impossible to fathom, the administrators of Facebook seem completely incapable of recognizing anti-Semitism when it is staring them in the face, or see how it constitutes a violation of terms of use that ban hate speech.

In an effort to put pressure on Facebook to act, I have set up a page called Protest “The Untold History” and Other Anti-Semitic Pages. Oddly enough, this page seems to have a problem with disappearing posts. But you can still “like” it to send a message. I have also contacted the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Anti-Defamation League to look into Facebook’s non-disapproval of hate speech directed at Jews. As the word gets out, hopefully the company will do some serious self-examination, and ask itself why it has such a difficult time seeing what is obvious to all but the most bigoted observer.

David Fischler is an Evangelical Presbyterian pastor and writer who blogs issues of religious and moral import, including anti-Semitism in the mainline churches, at www.standfirminfath.com.

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  • Silk

    Worried that the “GOYIM” as you call it are finally waking up to your evil, wicked, ways huh Jews huh?

  • G. Fränkl

    I’m just wondering, nothing else or nothing more: would it be useful to go on a campaign to term Facebook conscious and deliberate Nazi-collaborators and publically shame it??? Why not???!!! I say a BIG YES!

  • We have been working on this for 2 years now. Oct 14 we will be holding a demonstration in front of Facebook’s headquarters. Problems run much deeper. We have a compiled list of over 1,000 violators. Please promote the rally. All details are in the blogs provided. Our page also gives updates on all of our removals, but it’s a never ending job. Phone number & all is provided within.

    http://removehatefromfb.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/exposing-facebooks-lack-of-morals/

    • Michael Mendelson

      The event was created on June 24. Not looking to take credit, as I was hoping the ADL & SWC would have taken this over from just ordinary concerned citizens.

      https://www.facebook.com/events/468417439918631/

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      I wanted to ask to pay attention to the fact how Facebook represents Mr. Feschler’s article,

      «Facebook Fails to Enforce “Community Standards”»

      When I try to post it on my Facebook wall, I get the following:

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      in other words, the crucial word “Fails” fails to show! Without this word, the header has altogether different, even contrary meaning!

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      Thank you for giving the possibility to write to you about this.

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  • Vivienne Leijonhufvud

    All I can say friends, is ‘just wait till they are taken over by Radical Islam’? Right now in all countries whose flags appear on the FB front page are under siege by radical Islam. In Sweden in particular, (I have a Swedish name, in the clan we have an M. Zimmerman) the level of complacency is staggering. One well known author, Steig Larsson attempted to inform his readers as has Henning Mankel, of neo-nazi followers. A number of Swedish aristocratic families are related to German aristocratic families, however, this is not to say all Swedish aristocrats are Nazi’s. Stockholm had a large Jewish population for many years, the numbers have dwindled, some now live in Israel. Radical Islam is going to come up and bite all these antisemites in the neck!

  • tannin

    Vile.

  • Mark Zuckerberg has been quiet on this topic, am I wrong? If I’m right, I think he needs to step forward and lay out his view in depth on these matters. I’m waiting.

    • Vivienne Leijonhufvud

      Mark Zuckerberg, really needs to look into this kind of thing. Can anyone imagine the kind of trouble, focusing on antimuslim?

  • Atheists are, and have ALWAYS BEEN EVIL. http://gaynazis.com/

    This Satanic Monster, Cairan*, loathes Jews and blacks. He has been known to quote Hitler and his KKK heroes. Claims to be a Christian. Look at how many Up Thumbs he gets for a single comment. SO, YES…I BELIEVE THERE ARE MILLIONS OF WHITE RACISTS IN THIS COUNTRY, to go along with Oprah, Jay Z, Chris Rock, Sharpton, Jackson, CBC, NAACP, Toure, etc.

    http://clashdaily.com/2013/08/an-embarrassment-to-higher-education/#comment-1006826524

    *Cairan – a day ago −
    The USA is not merely a Third World country (it is) – it’s an absolute abomination. I want a divorce from this horror. This is NOT the miraculous country founded in 1776. THAT is what I want. Clean, healthy and whole. THAT is MY birthright. Not this monstrosity. The “USA” is being run by deranged devils – escapees from the bowels of Hell. 59

  • Robert H Baker

    I am a Catholic and have lived my life believing that man is capable of rising above a life filled with hate and ignorance and move towards a life based upon not only accepting but embracing the omnipresent differences that are inherent in the human being. For me this is the only course to follow in my life’s journey

  • Emil Schafer

    I think that the Government should look into why anti-Judaism is a protected form of hate speech…

  • Efram Paul

    Sieg Heil Herr Zuckerberg

  • Mark NYC

    Think Zuckerberg (Facebook’s founder) remembers that he was born a Jew, let alone Bar Mitzvah’d?

  • Otto Schiff

    Anti Semites are swine.

    • bb

      The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States allows you to make that racist statement. The same as it allows whoever put that picture on face book. This is the kind of thing that the communist left encourages. People to hate each other. The relish in their tatics of dividing people into groups that they can exploit. For instance, African Americans, Jewish Americans, Irish Americans, etc. etc, and so on and so forth. They cater to each individual group and taylor their approch. What happened to plain old Americans? Many Jewish people voted for BO. The same BO bowed down to an Arab prince! Someone gave this upstart BO who has neve really acomplished anything noteworthy a Nobel Peace Prize. He promised his constituency to end the U. S. involvement in the Afgan war. Now he wants to start another one?
      Most of the world, thinks We, The U. S. A have gone crazy. Allowing men to marry men and Women to marry women. Lots wife still stands somewhere in Isreal. She looked back at the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. God destroyed several cities on account of crimes against nature and just plain old debaturous sin. I belive the only city he spared in the region at the time was Zoar. Enough said. Good Night Chesty Puller where ever you are.

  • Ruth Lowndes

    I thiix this problem we need to boycott them by creating a community like Fb. and then we all leave FB. and when all Christians people who support Israel and the Jewish people leave the page their emporium will go bankrupt. we really need to do something to let them know we won’t tolerate abuse against Jews.

  • noel hershfield

    FB is just one if many anti Jewish sites. It is like an avalanche of hate and I doubt there is much one can do to stop. How do you stop an avalanche?

  • Sandy Brown

    Yahoo is the same. Whenever there is a story about anything Jewish or Israel you get anti semetic remarks on the comments sections. I have reported abuse on their website and they know what is going on. But it still goes on.

  • Noreen

    FB is an example of The Double Standard on Steroids.

  • Mel

    What is truly unfathomable is why anyone would expect a company founded by a college student who stole the idea from his classmates (getting filthy-rich in the process) to act like a member of his tribe would be expected to. Mark Suckerberg will eventually be Judged by his Maker.

  • Chauncey

    Ask yourself, what has Israel done for itself that wouldn’t fall under the category of “racist,” “bigoted,” “supremacist,” and so on… Seems like it’s perfectly ok for the Jewish people to write, say, and even act out their hatred towards others, and even sometimes fabricate stories from the holocaust era, but it’s an atrocity for anyone else to either criticize the Jewish people or take the same stances for their heritage as Jews do. I’m absolutely not anti-Semitic, but I loathe the hypocracy of a double standard and always prefer the truth, and as a Christian, you should also.

  • david

    Try the jesusneverexisted.com website ,minister of god (Trinitarian polytheism schism) guy

  • Cynic Jew

    Try this Facebook page: Jewish Ritual Murder – just the tip of the iceberg. I’ve reported it several times. Nothing happens.

  • Kelly Kevy

    A comment: “f*ck you both” was posted by an arab and Anti-Israeli guy to a discussion between 2 pro-Israeli women on the page of Roger Waters – the Wall, regarding his anti-Israeli campaign. This ever so subtle hate speech was reported but FB decided that’s not a hate remark nor worthy of removal. So thanks Zuckerberg for allowing these manifestations of hate towards Israeli people, in a discussion that is supposed to be respectable. Mark Zuckerberg, UNLIKE.

    • Vivienne Leijonhufvud

      Just come across this guy, he’s so dumb it is a delight to write publicly and tell him so. He really believes Israel is depriving the ‘so called palestinans’ of their homeland! He’s simply a joke, this is how I respond to him, when and if I have time, simply enjoy calling him a Schmuck – he hasn’t a clue about historical facts!

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