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Here’s The Proof Facebook Favors Palestinians Over Jews

Now we have conclusive evidence that Facebook favors Palestinians over Jews. In a video entitled “The Big Facebook Experiment, Tel Aviv based anti-terror organization, Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center, exposes the blatant hypocrisy of the social media giant, proving that while Palestinian hate speech and incitement is tolerated, Jewish nationalist speech is not.

On December 28, 2015, the law center posted two identical inciting Facebook pages with a single difference between them. One page was “against Palestinians.” The other page was “against Jews.” Shurat HaDin then “simultaneously” uploaded “identical inciting posts and videos on both pages,” including inflammatory rhetoric like “Death to Israel!” and “Death to Palestine!.”

The law center then “simultaneously” reported both pages to Facebook itself. The result? Well, according to Shurat HaDin, “On the same day, the page inciting against Palestinians was closed by Facebook.” Facebook was firm in its response, asserting that the page “violated” the company’s “community standards.”

Facebook didn’t share the same concern for Jews, however. The company was firm in its rejection of complaints against the page, suggesting that posts inciting hatred and violence against Jews were not in violation of any Facebook rules or standards. The pages were virtually identical.

Shurat HaDin took its campaign against anti-Semitic hatred a step further when it filed a lawsuit against Facebook for inciting violence against Jews. In the case, Lakin v. Facebook, the law center alleges that Facebook callously tolerated incitement against Jews in Israel that may have exacerbated the fury against innocent Israeli civilians during the Palestinian knife intifada late last year, leading to more unwarranted deaths.

Here is Shurat HaDin in its own words:

On October 26, 2015, Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center filed an unprecedented lawsuit against Facebook on behalf of some 20,000 Israelis to stop allowing Palestinian terrorists to incite violent attacks against Israeli citizens and Jews on its internet platform. The Complaint seeks an injunction against Facebook requiring it to monitor incitement and to respond immediately to complaints about inciting content.

The Complaint was filed in response to a wave of terror attacks beginning in October 2015 by which Palestinians attacked people with knives, axes, screwdrivers, cars and Molotov cocktails for no reason other than a perception by the attacker that the victims are Jewish…

The Complaint alleges that Facebook is much more than neutral internet platform or a mere “publisher” of speech because its algorithms connect the terrorists to the inciters. Facebook actively assists the inciters to find people who are interested in acting on their hateful messages by offering friend, group and event suggestions and targeting advertising based on people’s online “likes” and internet browsing history. Additionally, Facebook often refuses to take down the inciting pages, claiming that they do not violate its “community standards.”