A viciously anti-Semitic comment glorifying the murder of Jews on United with Israel’s Facebook page apparently did not violate Facebook standards. So what exactly are Facebook’s standards?
On Sunday, United with Israel (UWI) posted a meme on Facebook with the words: “The Anti-Semites’ Biggest Nightmare is Jews Who Defend Themselves.”
Underneath the photo of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers, it said, “G-D bless the IDF.”
Among the thousands of comments, mostly expressing appreciation for the IDF, one read: “I like my jews 45 minutes at 350°.”
An enraged viewer complained to Facebook about the hate-filled post, to which the social media administrator replied:
“Thank you for taking 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 comment you reported for displaying hate speech and found it doesn’t violate our Community Standards.
“Please let us know if you find anything else that disturbs you,” the response continued. We want to keep Facebook safe and welcoming for everyone.”
The reader was shocked that a blatantly anti-Semitic comment with Holocaust connotations reminiscent of the crematoria and gas chambers, where Jews were burned to death, was deemed acceptable by Facebook.
In December 2015, the Shurat HaDin lawfare group set up “The Big Facebook Experiment,” which simultaneously launched two Facebook pages — “Stop Palestinians” and “Stop Israelis” — with nearly identical content that incited violence and hatred against the other.
Shurat HaDin reported both pages and received almost immediate replies. Facebook removed the “Stop Palestinians” page that incited against Palestinians, stating that the page “violated our community standards.” On the other hand, the “Stop Israelis” page that incited against Israelis was not removed. Facebook stated that the page was “not in violation of Facebook’s rules.”
By: United with Israel Staff