Facebook drops 'intifada' page for promoting violence
02 April BBC
Facebook has removed a page calling for a new Palestinian uprising
against Israel after more than 350,000 people signed up to it.The page
which appeared on the social networking site was called Third
Palestinian Intifada after two previous uprisings against Israeli
occupation.It was removed for featuring calls for violence, a company
spokesman said.Israel had raised concerns about the page. Facebook has
helped spread calls for protests in Arab states.
The Third Palestinian Intifada page had called for an uprising after
Muslim prayers on Friday 15 May."Judgment Day will be brought upon us
only once the Muslims have killed all of the Jews," a quote from the
According to AFP news agency, three new copycat pages have appeared,
with more than 7,000 Palestinians signing up to them. 'Red lines'
Facebook said the page had begun as a call for peaceful protest, even
though it used the term "intifada" with its connotation of violent
"However, after the publicity of the page, more comments deteriorated
to direct calls for violence," said Andrew Noyes, Facebook's public
policy communications manager. The creators of the page eventually made
calls for violence as well, he added.
"We monitor pages that are reported to us, and when they degrade to
direct calls for violence or expressions of hate - as occurred in this
case - we have and will continue to take them down," Mr Noyes said.In a
letter last week to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Israeli Public
Diplomacy Minister Yuli Edelstein said the page featured "wild
incitement" with calls to kill Jews and talk of "liberating" Jerusalem
through violence."I asked Mr Zuckerberg that the red lines of freedom of
expression and incitement and violence should not be crossed," he said.
"I welcome that decision even though I am sure that more cat-and-mouse
games await us and there will be attempts by our enemies and those who
hate us to enter Facebook in other ways."
Demetri Deliani, a leading member of the Palestinian party Fatah,
mocked Israel's request to remove the page.