Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Breaking news: Facebook see the error of its ways!

Facebook deletes the page calling for a violent "Third Palestinian Intifada"

This is a follow-up to the article "Social media and the Third Palestinian Intifada" that appeared here this morning. Sometime after that Facebook pulled the Like page for the reasons given below.

Could emails like mine and others to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg have played any role? Doubtful but if people are unwilling to get involved Like pages like the "Third Palestinian Intifada" will simply exist unchallenged spreading a message of violence and hate!

“ … 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," Andrew Noyes, a spokesman for Facebook, told FoxNews.com. He said the social network would continue to take down pages that issue "direct calls for violence or expressions of hate.”

Noyes also explained that the site, removed for its hateful and violent vitriol, once pushed a Ghandi-esque message of peaceful protest.

"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," Noyes explained. "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…" (Fox)

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