- Posted January 6, 2013 by
Pro-Nazi Page on Facebook
There is a pro-Nazi page on Facebook entitled, "A.Hitler Was Right" that posted the attached cartoon depicting Jews as hypocritical extortionists who commit atrocities. I complained. Facebook's response?
"Thank you for your report. We carefully reviewed the photo you reported, but found it doesn't violate our community standard on hate speech so we didn't remove it."
What is Facebook's "community standard"? And if this isn't hate speech, what is?
To even suggest that Adolph Hitler was right, in my opinion, is to agree that Jews are pests who must be exterminated. Here, from Eric Larson's "In the Garden of Beasts" is US Ambassador William Dodd's recollection of one conversation he had with the then chancellor on March 7, 1934:
"Hitler shot back that '59 percent of all offices in Russia are held by Jews; that they had ruined the country and that they intended to ruin Germany.' More furious now than ever, Hitler proclaimed, 'If they continue their activity, we shall make a complete end to all of them in this country.'"
And so he tried. Was Hitler right? And more importantly, is Facebook right?
UPDATE 1/7/13: Today, Facebook flagged and closed access to my account because I had posted the same cartoon as part of a discussion. Said Facebook, "We removed the following content you posted or were the admin of because it violates Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities." Now — after jumping through a bunch of hoops, scoldings, warnings, and having to read "Facebook Community Standards" — I am able to use the application once again.
My best guess is that my complaint was first reviewed by a twenty-something high on Red Bull at the end of a 36-hour shift.
In the end, I'm glad Facebook now sees this cartoon violated its Hate Speech Community Standard, even though the route the company took was circuitous and arcane.