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July 19, 2013 11:59 am

Facebook Removes Page of Racist Hungarian Website After ADL Complaint, Replacement Page Posted Next Day

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Banned Hungarian racist site Kuruc re-posts on Facebook. Photo. Screenshot.

Banned Hungarian racist site Kuruc re-posts on Facebook. Photo. Screenshot.

Facebook removed the page of a racist Hungarian website with 70,000 followers from its social media site after a complaint by the Action and Protection Foundation, an organization monitoring and combating anti-Semitism in Hungary, and the New York-based Anti-Defamation League, but a replacement page was online the very next day.

The Action and Protection Foundation made the complaint against Kuruc.info, which published white-supremacist, anti-Roma and anti-Semitic information to its site. The Foundation was supported by the ADL.

APF chairman Daniel Bodnar said “weeks ago” an application was submitted to the Facebook community portal, citing “dozens of clearly inciting and hateful” entries, which were unfit not only by “European human standards, but specifically as described in the Facebook hate-free social media rule, and seriously infringed the terms of social networking and ignored the the principle of operation and service mission.”

“[Kuruc] was the main representative of the insurrectionist info news website, which presented to the whole of society, and this induced repulsive views on the direction of hate for years. The portal has separate Gypsy [Roma] and Jewish Crime and Delinquency sections,” Bodnar said.

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL national director praised the social networking site, saying, “Facebook deserves credit for taking the time and effort to evaluate Kuruc.info’s activity on their platform and for making the right decision which is consistent with their policies.”

The page, however, was quickly replaced.

In a post to the main Kuruc.info page, its editors directed readers to a new Facebook page where the group claims, “It is not racist to have pride in being white.”

But the impact of Facebook’s decision is still important, as Kuruc lost its 70,000 followers; now just 10 people “like” the page.

A previous attempt to re-publish the page the day before was quashed by Facebook; Kuruc claimed 6,400 followers had returned within just 36 hours of being back online. Kuruc claims the current site, with 10 followers, is not controlled by the editorial team, but by fans.

APF’s Bodnar said Kuruc is indicative of a greater problem in Hungary: “The quality of Hungarian public speech is deteriorating day by day. The anti-Semitic utterances in Parliament are the representatives of employers and with a proud voice, and you hear their racist, anti-Semitic speeches blight the public thinking, destroying the quality of public discourse.”

The Action and Protection Foundation was created by the Unified Hungarian Israelite Community (EMIH), MAZSIHISZ and several other Jewish organizations.

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  • Otto Waldmann in Sydney

    Magyar tradition holds that when pride ( buszkeseg) and vanity (hiusag) join forces, the inevitable gulyas tastes like visceral stupidity ( hulyeseg). The same tradition has shown abundantly that on historic occasions, as sooon as Hungary reached heights of prosperity, that famous pride cum vainity cum stupidity ruined everything.
    After two World War thrushings and just exiting decades of communist ruination, after putting Budapest once again on the tourist map, inebriatd by a few years of recovery, they couldn’t help splashing excremental national “virtues” once again.I call it a shame wish. Just to keep up with the “Jones”, would mind a bit of a little Hungarian BDS…., maybe they’ll get the message.

  • Toutatis

    Do you think this is going to stop us from spreading the truth? This curtailment of the freedom of speech is clearly a violation of basic human rights – something Israel has an excellent track record of – and will only lead to more prejudice against zionism, Israel and jews in general. Congratulations on this smart move!

  • R

    Anti-Semites are as plentiful as birds. And just as brainless! Hitler tried for five+ years and didn’t succeed. By the time he was through there were six million Jews dead, and the beginning of what turned into the State of Israel. Jews are used to anti-Semetism. The difference is” we used to just shrug our shoulders and keep going, regardless.

    Now we fight back…and THEN keep going.

    The moral of the story: DON’T F— AROUND WITH THE JEWS!

  • Alter

    At last you are covering the Roma situation with many poor Jews among them.

  • גרגורי אדלסטון

    I loaded a whole lot of gay and Jewish and Mandela and Obama pics to their page!
    Ha ha

    • Toutatis

      You’re so funny!