Facebook Army Game Moves to SGN (Social Gaming Networks) from Zynga due to JIDF Effort

Before The JIDF:After The JIDF:
We here at The JIDF are learning all about Facebook apps lately. What all started as an innocent interest in the Facebook Armies game (it's fun and we are trying to help the IDF team win) has now given rise to concerns about its promotion of terrorism and Islamic Jihad.

As we reported, there was some concern as some of the team names (ie. When Terrorist Attack, Islamic Jihad Militants, etc.) promote Islamic Jihad and consist of people who also seem to support those ideals.

When Mark Pincus, CEO of Zynga learned about it, he did the right thing and immediately took the Armies game off of his network stating, " i take support for terrorists very seriously and applaud your efforts to expose this."

We applaud his immediate attention to the problem and his wiping his hands free of it. However, what has happened is a mere switching of networks and the problematic team names, still exist!

Now, it seems it is up to a company called SGN to take care of the problem. They also need to work with the game developers ("Frozen Bear") to figure out a way to not promote terrorism through their game.

After all, many kids do play these games, and it's not exactly small business.

According to Adonomics, both of these companies have combined total valuation of $182 million with nearly 3 million active users:
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This is all news to The JIDF, as we were just enjoying the Armies game and stumbled upon the concern (not too hard to do in any corner of the web these days.) Quite frankly, we feel there are much larger concerns (in which we are discussing w/ FB tomorrow) so we hope SGN will actually do something--perhaps actually removing the problematic team names would be nice (rather than a mere switching of hands?) Pretty slick business maneuver though---you have a problem app? Just give it to the competition!

On a final note regarding Zynga, it is our hope that Mr. Pincus will continue to "take support for terrorists very seriously" and reconsider what appears to be support for Obama.

Now if you'd excuse us, we're going to go wonder why we never got into the Facebook gaming business and imagine the amount of antisemitism and terrorism on the web we could fight with an actual budget. (By the way, we wonder if the ADL has spoken to Facebook about the problems? --Or is it just us?----with nothin' but a blog and no money........)

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