Saturday, May 30, 2020

On the site that is known for encouraging “Likes,” Facebook is incurring more than its share of dislikes from at least 20,000 Israelis and we’re sure countless more who see the popular social media site as not doing its part to prohibit the incitement of savage Palestinian violence against Jews.

We commend the lawsuit of the 20,000 (see story, Page 10) claiming that Facebook has a “legal and moral obligation to monitor and restrict racist incitement and calls to violence against Jews.”

The plaintiffs argue that Facebook is “far from a neutral or passive social media platform and cannot claim it is a mere bulletin board for other parties’ postings.”

The suit seeks an injunction that Facebook block the horrific incitement and calls for violence that can easily be found under the social media giant’s umbrella.

Facebook has become a veritable “how to” handbook offering information to incite acts of violence against Israelis all the way down to anatomical stabbing charts.

Social media has dramatically changed the way we communicate, making the world so much smaller, while the ability to create audience campaigns of hate and violence so much larger.

We know that Facebook has largely been used by many organizations, including the Jewish Link, as a positive place for community conversations.

When a social media site, however, includes avenues of hate that arguably have already contributed to the stabbing deaths of several Israelis, we ask that Facebook step forward and do the right thing, which would be to restrict the hate talk and images immediately.

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