Thursday, October 15, 2015

On Further Consideration, Facebook Decides a Page Called "Stab Israelis" Doesn't Meet Its Standards After All

It was touch and go there for a while, though, as the Facebookers were considering the nuances of the matter:
Facebook refused to remove a page calling for the stabbing of Israelis, claiming the page was compliant with its community standards, until an Israeli newspaper called the social network out on the decision. 
 The page titled “Stab Israelis” was opened in the wake of the current wave of Palestinian terror attacks taking place in Israel and called for “a campaign to support the Palestinian people including the stabbing of Israelis,” according to the website of the Hebrew daily, Yediot Aharonot.
Although Israeli social media users complained that the page was inciting violence, Facebook initially refused to remove the page, deciding that it does not violate its guidelines. Only after Yediot Aharonot published an article about Facebook’s refusal, the social network ultimately removed the page.
You can see Facebook's quandary. The page was only called "Stab Israelis" and not "Kill the Joooos" (a sentiment which is obviously and outrageously anti-Semitic); "Stab Israelis," on the other hand, could be seen, for a clueless "progressive" at least, as a protest against the policies of oppressive, imperialist, colonialist, anti-indigenous-peoples Israel.

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