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Facebook Hypocrisy on Islamist Terror Videos

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(Photo: Book Catalog/Flickr/CC 2.0)
(Photo: Book Catalog/Flickr/CC 2.0)

 

Facebook decided that a film lauding Islamist terror doesn’t violate its “Community Standards.”

Clarion called out a film about a young Palestinian terrorist who murdered three people and wounded seven on an Israeli bus. The 25-minute film depicted the events leading up to the terror perpetrated by Baha Alyan, 22, and Bilal Ranem, 23, in 2015. They attacked passengers on the #78 bus in Jerusalem with a knife and gun, respectively. Alyan (whom the film is about) was killed in the attack and Ranem was injured.

The film also includes a fabricated scene where actors, dressed up as Jewish settlers, kidnap and graphically murder a Palestinian boy (a scout like Alyan was).

A week ago, Clarion asked our readers to write to Facebook to get this film banned. In response, Facebook wrote back saying that the film “doesn’t go against one of our specific Community Standards.”

Yet upon researching Facebook’s Community Standards, as detailed on its website, Clarion found the film indeed violates at least six of these standards, specifically:

  • Dangerous Individuals and Organizations
    • Facebook says it bans “organizations or individuals that proclaim a violent mission or are engaged in violence…including…terrorist activity.” Facebook also says they “remove content that expresses support or praise for groups, leaders, or individuals involved in these activities.”
  • Promoting or Publicizing Crime
    • Facebook says this includes a ban on allowing people “to depict criminal activity or admit to crimes they or their associates have committed.”
  • Coordinating Harm
    • Facebook says it prohibits “facilitating or coordinating future activity, criminal or otherwise, that is intended or likely to cause harm to people…”
  • Hate Speech
    • Facebook says it doesn’t allow hate speech “because it creates an environment of intimidation and exclusion and in some cases may promote real-world violence.”  It defines hate speech as “a direct attack on people based on what we call protected characteristics — race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation …”
  • Violence and Graphic Content
    • Facebook says they “remove content that glorifies violence or celebrates the suffering or humiliation of others…”
  • Cruel and Insensitive
    • Facebook says it bans content that “targets victims of serious physical or emotional harm.”

Once again, against its own Community Standards, it seems Facebook is happy to allow content that glorifies and encourages Islamist terror while continually shutting down organizations like Clarion fighting against this violence and its accompanying ideology. It should be noted that Facebook explicitly says content that exposes terrorism, crime etc. for the purpose of fighting it is allowed.

As anyone who has ever tried to appeal such a ruling by Facebook has found out, there is no one to talk to – only another form letter to be received which tells the inquirer to read the Community Standards.

Clarion found that out the hard way when Facebook shut down the original trailer for our upcoming film Kids: Chasing Paradise about the radicalization of children. We were banned for a month on Facebook for posting that video.

Although we are allowed to post most of our content, we are often prevented by Facebook from promoting it, which significantly decreases the amount of views any given post will get.

Facebook has already lost credibility due to its double standard in allowing far-left content to stand that violates its Community Standards yet that seems to fit with its idea of political correctness.

In addition, recent articles on the tens of thousands of low-paid czars Facebook pays (through outside contractors) that decide which content violates its Community Standards explain the rest.

The average time one of these pressured arbiters spends on any given post is less than 30 seconds – with pressure to decide on up to 400 posts a day.

As noted by The Verge, “The arrangement helps Facebook maintain a high profit margin. In its most recent quarter, the company earned $6.9 billion in profits, on $16.9 billion in revenue. And while [Facebook CEO Mark] Zuckerberg had warned investors that Facebook’s investment in security would reduce the company’s profitability, profits were up 61 percent over the previous year.

And in the end, we can sadly conclude it’s all about the money — and Facebook’s PC agenda.

 

Meanwhile, we’re getting OUR message out there, telling it like it is! Help Clarion’s Ryan Mauro make 50 films this year and we’ll share them with hundreds of thousands.

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org