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    Experiment shows Facebook quick to take down anti-Palestinian incitement, not so quick on anti-Israeli incitement

    Experiment shows Facebook quick to take down anti-Palestinian incitement, not so quick on anti-Israeli incitement

    Israel Law Center runs a test.

    Is Facebook more tolerant of anti-Israel incitement than it is of anti-Palestinian incitement?

    That’s something Shurat HaDin, the Israel Law Center, sought to test.

    Shurat HaDin is a private Israeli law group that describes itself as follows:

    Shurat HaDin is at the forefront of fighting terrorism and safeguarding Jewish rights worldwide. We are dedicated to the protection of the State of Israel. From defending against lawfare suits fighting academic and economic boycotts and challenging those who seek to delegitimize the Jewish State, Shurat HaDin is utilizing court systems around the world to go on the legal offensive against Israel’s enemies.

    In 2014, The Tower Magazine profiled Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, the founder and chief executive of Shurat HaDin, The Woman Who Makes the Jihadis Squirm.

    Shurat HaDin also is helping to build a cadre of lawyers around the globe to help in the legal effort by running seminars in Israel for lawyers, incouding THE ACTIVIST LAWYER’S TRAINING SEMINAR this March 7-13, 2016.:

    Shurat HaDin recently has taken on one location on the internet where Jihadists and anti-Semitic incitement flourish — Facebook. With Shurat HaDin’s help a lawsuit was filed on behalf of tens of thousands of Israelis seeking to stop violent incitement on Facebook of the type that helps perpetuate the current Knife Intifada. There obviously are interesting legal issues involved, and I haven’t tried to assess the merits of the lawsuit.

    Shurat HaDin decided to run a test as to how Facebook enforces its community standards as to anti-Israel versus anti-Palestinian incitement.

    As this video explains, two Facebook pages were created and then loaded with similar types of incitement posts, one anti-Israel the other anti-Palestinian. After there was a body of hateful entries on each, Shurat HaDin filed complaints simultaneously with Facebook about each page. The anti-Palestinian page was taken down by Facebook quickly, while the anti-Israel page was left alone.

    Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, head of Shurat Hadin, said in a statement, “Facebook’s management is required to act immediately against the blatant incitement being waged for years against Jews and Israelis in the social network it owns and manages. The in-depth investigation we conducted proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that [Facebook’s] claims of equality in the face of its conduct against any individual or group of people are at best erroneous and false in the worst case.”

    Since the video was released, Facebook took down the anti-Israel page as well.

    Does this “prove” that Facebook is biased?


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    rokiloki | January 7, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    I believe Facebook is biased, but I don’t see real proof it is.

    Shurat HaDin’s experiment is compelling. However, it does not take into account other complaints. Isn’t it plausible that Palestinian proponents flag anti-Palestinian pages more often than Israeli supporters flag anti-Israeli pages? Facebook may expedite review of pages that receive a higher volume of complaints than others.

    People who support Israel are more likely to accept free speech and opposing viewpoints without complaint than pro-Palestinian activists. Pro-Palestinian activists seem more likely to try and stifle opposing speech. So, it is possible that the anti-Palestinian page simply received more complaints than the anti-Israeli page.

    Again, I believe Facebook is biased. But I just don’t see this experiment as providing the necessary evidence to prove it.

    By doing business with Twitter, Facebook… and yes even Amazon, you are feeding not only your hangman, you are empowering them with the ability to control and govern your speech, you life and yes your political beliefs.

    Do not give this power.

    Especially with Amazon… I’ve been shopping local since the entire General Lee fiasco. I’m not granting them that kind of power over me.

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