Holocaust Denial on Facebook is just the Tip of the Iceberg


Holocaust denial on Facebook is an issue we have been on for nearly 2 years.

We have inspired our activists to write letters to abuse@facebook.com and to report the groups.

We've spoken to Chris Kelly (Chief Privacy Officer) about the many problems on Facebook, including Holocaust denial and the promotion of terrorism.

(When asked on the phone, Mr. Kelly made it seem to us that most of this was acceptable as "legitimate political discourse." However, after posting this, we quickly received an email in which he clarifies his point....please see this post for more info.)

Facebook rarely, if ever, took action until the media got involved, giving them bad press, and even then, they still did not do enough proactively to rid their platform of hatred.

Therefore, we've also had to take over groups ourselves, when necessary, just to help get the spotlight onto the issues.

While we provided a small sampling of issues back in October of 2008 (which has since become the basis of some giant media spectacle in which our piece was strangely never referenced nor credited by TechCrunch, Mashabable, CNET, CNN, JTA, PC MAG, and others, for some reason), the problems on Facebook are much larger than Holocaust Denial or that particular small batch of groups that we used as an example.

Despite Facebook taking action on a few of them, there's still other Holocaust denial groups up:

But why stop there?

Are we just concerned about the Holocaust of the past?

Shouldn't we also be concerned about preventing one in the future?

There are many groups that are advocating genocide, promoting Islamic terrorism, and preaching the destruction of Israel.

Despite all our effort, why does the media choose not to focus upon these issues as well? Is it too "politically sensitive?" Can all these bloggers and media outlets kvetch about denying the Holocaust of the past all the while avoiding the fact that hundreds of thousands of people on Facebook are preaching for one to happen in the near future?

Just recently we launched a campaign against all the "HATE ISRAEL" groups, in which the Jerusalem Post was the only organization to cover it. Just take a look in these groups and you will find your Holocaust denial, Jew hatred, promotions of terrorism and genocide:
Why doesn't Facebook act? Is it because Zuckerberg doesn't think Facebook should be proactive on antisemitism?

Why doesn't the media report?

Throughout our website, you can find a plethora of lists of groups on Facebook and we also cover the problems in other areas of the web, like YouTube. Some content comes down, other content crops up. So we try to focus on 10 or 20 at a time in scattered action alerts in which we mass-report the groups.

Here is our Guide to Hostile Facebook Groups for more information.

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