Facebook, Zuckerberg sued for $1Bn for not removing antisemitic page fast enough

Larry Klayman, a renowned American activist, former Justice Department prosecutor, former U.S. Senate candidate and book author, is suing both Facebook and founder Mark Zuckerberg for over $1 billion after the social networking giant failed to remove a page calling for a third intifada against Israel’s Jewish population swiftly enough.

Facebook issued this statement with regard to the controversial page:

“The Page, The Third Palestinian Intifada, began as a call for peaceful protest, even though it used a term that has been associated with violence in the past. In addition, the administrators initially removed comments that promoted violence. However, after the publicity of the Page, more comments deteriorated to direct calls for violence. Eventually, the administrators also participated in these calls. After administrators of the page received repeated warnings about posts that violated our policies, we removed the Page.

We continue to believe that people on Facebook should be able to express their opinions, and we don’t typically take down content that speaks out against countries, religions, political entities, or ideas.

However, we monitor Pages that are reported to us and when they degrade to direct calls for violence or expressions of hate–as occurred in this case–we have and will continue to take them down.”

But Klayman, who founded controversial law firm Judicial Watch as well as political advocacy group Freedom Watch, doesn’t see it that way.  He alleges that Zuckerberg and Facebook willfully kept a page calling for a third Palestinian intifada against Jews online to “further their revenues and the net worth” of the company.

On the page, Palestinians were urged to take to the streets after Friday prayers on May 15, 2011, and commence an uprising in the vein of the first two popular intifadas. “Judgment Day will be brought upon us only once the Muslims have killed all of the Jews,” read the call.

The page reportedly garnered more than 340,000 fans.

Excerpt taken from: TechCrunch: Facebook, Zuckerberg Sued For $1 Billion After Not Removing A Page Fast Enough, by Robin Wauters

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Categories: Beliefs, Morals, Business, Multiculturalism, Politics, Law

Author:Andrew Beato

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