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blogger/attorney may have had facebook ban holocaust-denial groups

6:00 pm on May 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Facebook urged to remove Holocaust-denial groups [cnn.com]

Attorney Brian Cuban, brother of Dallas Mavericks team owner Mark Cuban, has been trying since last year to have the pages of groups with such names as "Holocaust: A Series of Lies," and "Holocaust is a Holohoax" removed from Facebook.

He pointed out that Facebook has removed groups based on complaints before and said the site is "setting the subjective standard on what they remove and what they don't."

at the time of this post...

However, "Based on the facts...there was no Holocaust" and "Holocaust is a Holohoax" appear to have been taken down.

Some Holocaust denial groups disappear from Facebook [news.cnet.com]

blogger/attorney, Brian Cuban, argues...

The issue of the proliferation of Facebook groups that promote hatred of religious and ethnics groups and the hate speech those groups perpetrate.

open letter to facebook [briancuban.com]

is in violation of fb's tos:

You will not post content that is hateful, threatening, #*$!ographic, or that contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence.


the following lists content to which some of the groups in question link:

We Support Iran
We Support Hizbullah
We Support Hammas
Shaheed Ke Jo Moat Hai Woh Qoum Ke Hayat Hai
Quran Woh Kitab Hai Jo Dars-e-Iqalab
America Murdabad
Israel Murdabad

the following are comment posts pasted from some of the groups Cuban would like banned:

Pete Harvelo (Australia) wrote
at 2:14am on May 7th, 2009
Gum, you are simply a fool. I would focus your attention on your own country. It's 5min away from civil war because Islamic fundamentalists #*$!s like you are turning Pakistan into more of a #*$! hole than it already is.

AbdelRahman Bido Elbidweihy wrote
at 6:03pm on May 9th, 2009
Jews use the holocaust to achieve their agenda of killing innocents. Israel is the holocause of today

i guess if you are as big as facebook, although you have the legal departments to ensure that you are not allowing for violations of your terms of service, the size of the site makes it hard for you to moderate every group. i have seen this repetitively across many large and small social sites - web 2.0 social news, forums, blogs, etc. this issue serves as a wake up call to community masters that don't audit content on their sites that could be violating their own terms of service.