Does Facebook Support Terror?

(Photo: JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo: JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

In a move that has become unfortunately typical of Facebook, the social media giant has shut the page of the Counter Jihad Coalition, a group that educates the public on political Islam and exposes the human rights abuses inherent in sharia law.

When the notification came that the group had violated the company’s “Community Standards,” they were told that the page would be taken down for just 24 hours. One week later, the page remains closed.

Facebook also recently restricted and then shut down the public pages of Ex-Muslim of North America and Atheist Republic, groups that both provide support to those who leave Islam and often face persecution because of it.

While Islamists most likely mobilized to get the pages shut down by getting their followers to “flag” pages for violation, it is ultimately up to Facebook to check the claims and make the decision.

Meaning, the buck stops with Facebook.

These moves have not been made in a vacuum. Just recently, a high-level executive at Facebook met with the interior minister of Pakistan over the Islamist country’s demands to get “blasphemous” content off the platform.

Pakistan was pleased with the results of the meeting.

Tests have been conducted, for example, to see if Facebook is wielding its enormous power in the cyber world to simply flag what they deem hate speech or a promote a political agenda.

Unfortunately, based on results of experiments, for example, where identical content that demonized Palestinians versus Israelis, we saw that (after it was flagged) Facebook only shut down the anti-Muslim pages but allowed site promoting vile slander against Israel to remain posted.

And despite the fact that the Facebook claims to block content that violates their “community standards,” a case was filed by 20,000 Israelis charging that Facebook allows Palestinian terrorists to incite violent attacks against Israelis and Jews.

Facebook can rightly claim that, as a private company, they are not subject to America’s laws which guarantee freedom of speech – laws which, not incidentally, also protect the right to engage in hate speech (with the exception of incitement to immediate violence).

Ideally, those with a political outlook who are being shut down by Facebook should form an alternative social media platform.

However, Facebook should not be fooled into thinking that they are “doing good in the world” by siding with Islamists who use the politically constructed cry of Islamophobia to further their goal of a worldwide implementation of sharia law.

Moreover, as it has been unequivocally demonstrated, Islamist ideology is almost always a precursor to its violent manifestation.

By shutting down the voices that challenge both the violent and non-violent displays of political Islam, Facebook is de facto supporting terrorism – which certainly goes against its “community standards.”

 

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Meira Svirsky
Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org