David Ap­ple­tree bat­tles Nazis and Shoah-de­niers on Face­book

The Jewish Chronicle - - People -

AC­TIVIST DAVID AP­PLE­TREE is tak­ing a stand against the anti-Is­rael and anti-Jewish groups that are crop­ping up on Face­book, the so­cial-net­work­ing web­site.

He has spent the past two months fight­ing for the re­moval of cer­tain group es­tab­lish­ing one of his own — Face­book: Stop Vi­o­lat­ing Your Own Terms By Sup­port­ing Ha­tred and Ter­ror. It lists around 80 Face­book groups that praise Hitler and deny the Holo­caust. More than 5,000 mem­bers are sup­port­ing his cam­paign, which is at­tract­ing wide­spread me­dia in­ter­est. Ear­lier this month, Mr Ap­ple­tree had his Face­book ac­count dis­abled for al­legedly spam- ming other users with mes­sages en­cour­ag­ing them to fight an­tisemitism. “All I am do­ing is con­sol­i­dat- ing peo­ples’ con­cerns,” Mr Ap­ple­tree, whose ac­count has since been re­ac­ti­vated fol­low­ing an email peti- tion, tells Peo­ple. “ I want to en­cour­age them to be­come lead­ers and take a stand.” He adds: “Th­ese groups aren’t ac­tively re­cruit­ing ter­ror­ists but I guar­an­tee there is some re­cruit­ing go­ing on.”

Texas-based Mr Ap­ple­tree, who is in his 30’s and works in me­dia pro­duc­tion, says he has ac­tively been on Face­book’s case to re­move an­tisemitic groups since he came across a group prais­ing the mur­derer of the yeshivah stu­dents at Jerusalem’s Mer­caz Harav. “ Face­book has re­moved some of the groups, but a ma­jor­ity of them are stay­ing. It needs to do a lot more about an­tisemitic and pro-ter­ror groups.”

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