After a few happy months free of Facebook, I recently jumped back into the place in order to be able to comment at Mike's Times of Israel pieces.
As a result, I did get back in touch with one of my closest friends from high school. So that was awesome! I was also called a Nazi by some lunatic from Europe, and that was not awesome. But regardless...
One of the groups there which I've come to admire, and follow, upon my return is the Online Hate Prevention Institute, an Australian group run by Dr. Andre Oboler. I thought Daily Kos was bad, until I got onto Facebook.
If you do Facebook, please report (warning: endless disgustingness at link) this site as a hate site. There really isn't much to say about it, aside from... wtf is Facebook thinking in allowing this stuff to stay up despite repeated complaints?!
OHPI has a petition online, which I signed days ago, and Dr. Oboler also has a JPost blog up this week on the subject.
The latest outrage involves Facebook sanctioning antisemitic content by dismissing complaints against clear cases of racist hate speech. In one example a picture of a smiling Anne Frank is overlayed with the text “What’s that burning? Oh, it’s my family”. Anotherdepicts a computer keyboard button labelled “Delete Israel” and the text “The much needed button”. Other examples include Holocaust denial and blood libel. Each of these examples was reported to Facebook, and each of these complaints was resolved with the decision “Not Removed”. The system has no appeal process."Shut up," Facebook explains...
Let's let 'em know this is unacceptable.