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The Facebook Farce with Freedom of Speech

marion-cotillard-je-suis-charlie-570821_w1000Facebook’s Mark Zuckerman took a stance of solidarity with the Charlie Hebdo magazine following the terrorist attacks in Paris. While I believe in freedom of speech, you won’t find me wearing any “Je suis Charlie” t-shirt because I don’t like when folks are offensive. Argumentative, yes. Offensive, no. Zuckerman stated that he believes in freedom of speech and that this was Facebook’s community policy.

It sounded like anything goes.

When such a practice was questioned by Pakistani actor Hamza Ali Abbasi on his Facebook page, wondering not about the criticism of faith, but the value of outright “insulting” speech, hisfacebook-free-speech post was removed. He asked the question regarding anti-black or pro-Nazi speech and if this should be seen as legitimate, too.

Facebook eventually backtracked, stating that they had made a mistake in removing his post. None of which I knew about, but had my own Facebook questions of late, namely a page titled, “Death to Israel”.

Handout photo of Israeli President Shimon Peres writing on a blackboard with Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the company's headquarters in Menlo ParkNow, I don’t know about you, but when I hear “death” to anybody, it doesn’t conjure up warm and fuzzy feelings. When some friends and I became aware of such a page, we reported it to Facebook, and here is their sad response:

“Thank you for taking the 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 Page you reported for containing credible threat of violence and found it doesn’t violate our Community Standards.”

Really? Really? A safe and welcoming environment with “Death to Israel”? Not a credible threat of violence when you mention death? Something doesn’t ring true here, in my opinion.

“All that is necessary for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing.” ~Edmund Burke (Anglo-Irish statesman, 1729-1797).

Maybe more of us need to speak up. Maybe Facebook needs to listen.

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2 Comments : Leave a Reply

  1. avatar Jeremy says:

    Unbelievable. Makes me wonder what their “standards” are. Tell me where to write, Alexandra. Thanks.

    • avatar admin says:

      On a Facebook homepage, there are stars in the corner of the main banner photo. Click on these and it will tell you how to report the site to FB. The more specific you are, the better. Thanks, Jeremy!

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