Facebook once again found itself in the “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” conundrum caused by controversial subject matter, being pressured to remove a page, in this case by the Anti-Defamation League, and winding up in the unenviable position of having to decide whether to censor its users.
ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman issued the following statement:
The Jewish Ritual Murder page on Facebook perpetuates age-old anti-Semitic propaganda, and it should be removed immediately. It is profoundly offensive, has no socially redeeming value, and adds nothing to any legitimate marketplace of ideas.
This page targets all Jews, and Facebook’s position that it technically does not violate its community standards because it does not target individuals is an unacceptable excuse. We do not believe that Facebook intends to send a message that it is insensitive to the enormous harm the blood libel has caused throughout Jewish history, and the easiest way for it to make that clear would be to exercise the discretion it certainly has to remove the page.
We have appreciated the responsiveness and sensitivity Facebook has shown on many other occasions, and we urge it to act quickly to address this situation.
Facebook pointed CNET to the portion of its community standards that deals with hate speech, which reads:
Facebook does not permit hate 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.
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