Mark Zuckerberg along with his Internet giant company, Facebook, is being sued for over $1 billion dollar for not taking down a page calling for Intifada against Israel. I remember reading this once on Yahoo a while ago when they actually sent a letter to Facebook regarding this matter, but now here is the real thing ‘the lawsuit’!. They had the chance taking it down, but they didn’t (well at least not on timely manner). Facebook has taken down the page after it has been live for couple of weeks with over 350,000 likes.
Yuli Edelstein (Israel’s minister of diplomacy) had sent a letter to the Facebook CEO a week earlier asking the controversial page to be removed. The page included quotes and video clips calling for killing Jews for liberating Palestine using violence. There are links on the page that links to related content on Twitter and other websites.
On the other side, Facebook said that they will fight the case calling it ‘without merit’.
“While some kinds of comments and content may be upsetting for someone — criticism of a certain culture, country, religion, lifestyle, or political ideology, for example — that alone is not a reason to remove the discussion,” the statement said. “We strongly believe that Facebook users have the ability to express their opinions, and we don’t typically take down content, groups or pages that speak out against countries, religions, political entities, or ideas.”
Since the initial page was removed there are tons of other pages with similar motives being created mostly written in Arabic.
The lawsuit claims Facebook showed negligence by not taking appropriate decision to remove the page in timely manner, and ask for $1 billion in damages.
The page is against Facebook Terms of Service for hate speech or threat of violence; however the social networking site commented that at first the page began as a call for peaceful protest when it was first created.