Anyone who thinks that the holocaust did not happen now has a place to vent their opinions. It seems that Facebook allows discussion about what the Nazis did to the Jewish people during World War II. What is amazing is some of the hatred that is being spread by those that deny the holocaust happened and their hatred of Jews.
I realize that social networking sites should be free of censorship. But what do you do when people post messages that are full of hate towards a specific race? According to an article over at TechCrunch this is exactly what is happening.
But Holocaust denial is totally cool because it fosters open discussion. Facebook wants to “be a place where people can discuss all kinds of ideas, including controversial ones.” Even, apparently, the discussion of the idea that someone might be a “Nigger faggot, Jew nosed cunt.” That’s just one of many hateful messages I found written on a Holocaust denial site on Facebook.
Brian Cuban is making the removal of these sites a personal mission. He’s arguing the law. He’s arguing terms of service. He’s arguing common sense and decency. These groups are clearly little more than excuses to spew hatred towards Jews, and Facebook is too timid to do anything about it. The first amendment doesn’t apply to private companies. So why is Facebook so willing to take a stand when it comes to hungry babies, but won’t do a damn thing when it comes to the Holocaust?
If Facebook doesn’t want to take a moral or ethical stand on the issue, it can easily make a case that the groups violate its terms of service. These groups violate multiple sections of the TOS, particularly Section 3. There’s an easy way out of this for Facebook, and it also happens to be the right thing to do. Why in the world must it draw a line in the sand and then stand on the same side as Holocaust deniers is beyond me.
I believe that Facebook should take a stand and either remove or block messages of hate that appears on its site. Discussion is one thing. Hate is another.
What do you think?