Facebook, change your Community Standards! Now!

Please spread this message. Facebook must change its Community Standards immediately! Facebook must stop its massive discrimination against minorities!

On Facebook millions of users spill out their contempt of Jews and gays. There are calls for violence against gays and for the extermination of Jews, even suggesting gassing them. After reporting the videos, Facebook often responds like that:

“Thank you for taking the time to report something that you feel may violate our Community Standards. Reports like yours are an important part of making Facebook a safe and welcoming environment. We reviewed the page you reported for containing hate speech or symbols and found it doesn’t violate our community standard on hate speech.”

Facebook is in effect saying that spreading lies about Jews and gays, lies which lead to a large number of violent comments containing anti-Jewish and anti-gay fantasies, do not violate the community standards of Facebook. That’s the safe and welcoming environment Facebook is promoting! At Facebook there’s clearly a complete system fail.

On the other hand, fully acceptable critical comments about Islam are often deleted by Facebook, simply because a small percentage of Muslims feel offended while a lot of pages that are openly anti- gay and anti-Jewish – even calling for their extermination – are not deleted. That’s because a comment on Facebook can be deleted if enough people feel offended and report the post. Since there are about 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, but only 16 million Jews, we are dealing with an immensely skewed weighting.

Just 1% of all Muslims who are offended by a statement on Facebook have the same numerical weight as all the Jews in the world. Therefore, it is impossible for Jews to defend themselves against offensive and defamatory comments and videos! There are simply not enough Jews in the world to effectively tackle hatred of Jews!

The current system with which Facebook deals with hate and calls for violence definitely discriminates against Jews an other small minorities! Facebook must change that immediately!

(Translation: William Wires)

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