From The Blaze
An Israeli legal group has accused Facebook of favoring Palestinians over Israelis following an experiment it conducted using two phony Facebook groups with nearly identical content but with the words “Jews/Israelis” and “Arabs/Palestinians” swapped.
Shurat HaDin posted a video showing highlights of what it called “The Big Facebook Experiment,” which it believes shows that Facebook’s claims of equal treatment for users “are at best erroneous and false in the worst case.”
How did the experiment work? The legal group said it created two Facebook pages last week — one named “Stop Israelis” and the other “Stop Palestinians.”
Shurat HaDin asserts that Facebook allows users to post content that incites violence against Israelis. Here are the anti-Arab and anti-Israel pages side-by-side. (Image source: YouTube)
On Dec. 29, the group began uploading content inciting violence on each page, slowly ratcheting up the violent words and imagery in each, including use of the phrases “death to all the Arabs” and “death to all the Jews.”
For example, the anti-Israel page had a cartoon showing a crocodile with a Star of David with the Al-Aqsa mosque inside its mouth accompanied with the phrase “death to all the Jews.”
Another post had a photo of a Jewish funeral accompanied by the words, “This is how we want to see all Israelis. Death to Israel!”
The anti-Palestinian page called for war on the “Palestinian enemy.”
“More and more soldiers in the IDF know that there is a need to destroy the Arab enemy,” an anti-Arab post read.
After loading the content, the group reported both pages to Facebook.
The day the complaint was filed, the page inciting against Arabs was shut down. The group received a Hebrew language message from Facebook that read, according to a translation via Shurat HaDin, “We reviewed the page you reported for containing credible threat of violence and found it violates our community standards.”
The page inciting against Jews was left active.
Even though it contained nearly identical content, Shurat HaDin said that Facebook replied that the anti-Israel page had not violated any rules.
Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, head of Shurat Hadin, said in a statement quoted by the Jewish Press, “The in-depth investigation we conducted proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that [Facebook’s] claims of equality in the face of its conduct against any individual or group of people are at best erroneous and false in the worst. Read More