Facebook shuts Ku Klux Klan page, but maintains "Hate Israel" groups

This Telegraph UK reports that Facebook took down a KKK page. Meanwhile, many of the "Hate Israel" groups which are actively promoting hatred and violence against Jews have been maintained, despite thousands of member complaints.

Facebook shuts Ku Klux Klan Page
Telegraph UK

The 'Isle of Man KKK' page urged members to cleanse the island of newcomers.

Almost 100 youngsters had subscribed to 'Keep the Isle of Man white and free from foreigners' which carried a picture of a hooded Ku Klux Klan member.

The group's creator told members online: 'There are too many comovers (sic) [non-British] on the Island. They are taking all of the jobs, houses and most of all they are taking advantage of our ****ing Island. .... join us and help clense (sic) the Isle of Man.'

Students at all six secondary schools on the island - including the public King William's College - had joined.

One message posted on the group's "wall" said: "Damn blacks and indians (sic), coming over here taking our jobs - who the **** do they think they are?"

Paul Kane, deputy headteacher at Ballakermeen High School said staff had alerted Facebook administrators and talked to each student listed as a member of the group. But he wouldn't say whether action would be taken against them.

He said they had signed up to criticise the group but claimed racism was not an issue at the school.

The student who wrote about 'damn blacks and indians' was, he said, a mixed-race student who was 'trying to be ironic rather than serious'.

He said: "There are one or two ambiguous remarks from our students but we think these were intended as sarcasm."

"I'm pleased that the vast majority disagree with the sentiments of this group and want nothing to do with it.

"We are very strongly against any racist attitudes in this school and people are left in no doubt about that."

About 40 messages had been posted on the group's "wall" before it was closed down.

A Manx Department of Education spokesman said: 'The department finds the sentiment behind this site deplorable and cannot condone racist comments and viewpoints."

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