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Facebook Neglects ‘Community Standards’ for Anti-Semitic Page

Facebook “does not permit hate speech, but distinguishes between serious and humorous speech.” If so, Holocaust denial and praise for Hitler apparently can now be called harmless humor.
Picture from Facebook page of 'Untold History' violates the social media network's standards but has not been removed

Picture from Facebook page of 'Untold History' violates the social media network's standards but has not been removed

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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.]

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.

This article was written for JNS by David Fischler, an Evangelical Presbyterian pastor and writer who blogs religious and moral issues.

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61 Responses to “Facebook Neglects ‘Community Standards’ for Anti-Semitic Page”

  1. Leona Bazylak Quigley says:

    Disgusting.

  2. Jenny Holcberg says:

    I know of facebook prejudice against the truth when it come to defend israel and the jews, whenever I post something in favor of israel or jews they don't post it.
    and they say so:we will not post this' I think that only a BOYCOT could work as a protest.

  3. a13 says:

    who gives af about the pic not being taken down? lol im glad its up spreading some truth..Not a peak out of them when it comes to dead pics of trayvon and other chideren on fb, smh

  4. a13 says:

    im glad the pic is still up spreading some truth…funny how they have nothing to say about all the nude pics and dead pics of chidren on fb, you gotta be kidding me

  5. Douglas Gershuny says:

    Dusgusting but nothing new for FB.

  6. Dusgusting but nothing new for FB.

  7. Dusgusting but nothing new for FB.

  8. Iris Frances Zaft says:

    Very Telling

  9. Chaim Szmidt says:

    Had the pictures depicted Muslims, you can be sure they would have been taken down faster than lightning. Aaah, the stench of terminal hypocrisy!

  10. Chaim Szmidt says:

    Had the pictures depicted Muslims, you can be sure they would have been taken down faster than lightning. Aaah, the stench of terminal hypocrisy!

  11. Chaim Szmidt says:

    Had the pictures depicted Muslims, you can be sure they would have been taken down faster than lightning. Aaah, the stench of terminal hypocrisy!

  12. Menachem Rephun says:

    I reported an anti-semitic page making jokes about the Holocaust to them several times, and I got the standard message that the page does not violate their guidelines even though it obviously does

  13. Very curios to see if this posts at all.

  14. Very curios to see if this posts at all.

  15. Very curios to see if this posts at all.

  16. Very curios to see if this posts at all.

  17. Very curios to see if this posts at all.

  18. You can't boycott facebook but what you can do is to lobby for legislation in your home country to make fb a special case because of its global reach and either hit it in its pocket (special tax) or as a special case – threaten to internationalize it and make it the property of 'all nations' – an international movement to do this would have an effect.

  19. Gil Gilman says:

    Facebook isn't about you or me or the deep blue sea. It is about coin of the realm. Everything they do has a dollar sign in front of it.

  20. Tova Bar-chaim says:

    dear mark zuckerberg funny how the faces all resemble you lol im joking of course, you do get the humor right?

  21. Mike Shields says:

    Everything in that cartoon is fact, but most people are afraid to leave their cocoons to discover the truth. From John 8:44 KJV 44 Yes are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father yes will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

    Basically, the birth of Jesus ended Judaism, the exception is the remnant of 144k mentioned in Revelation—it is those Jews who will have accepted Jesus. The rest of the supposed Jews will burn in hell.

  22. unpcguy says:

    Please stop whining. No one gets it worse than the Christians. I mean look at the piss Christ exhibit! You Jews applaud it as a work of art and back up the “freedom of speech”.

  23. AugurMayson says:

    “To learn who rules over you simply find out whom you are not allowed to criticize.”
    - Voltaire.

  24. jgray1 says:

    there  are anti-semitic posts on this thread. why are they being posted and not being removed. obviously, those comments are written by very low IQ brain damaged muslim crap but still…

  25. you couldn´t be more ignorant.

  26. Joe Spennato says:

    João Eduardo Ramos Alves please show me one instance where the Bible foretold future events that proved to be false? I am certain you cannot do so. Are you saying Jesus Christ was ignorant?

  27. bernade34509758 says:

    AuschwitzMuseum good news xx

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