CST chal­lenges web gi­ant to re­move hate

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - EXCLUSIVE BY LEE HARPIN

FACE­BOOK IS con­tin­u­ing to host a page pro­mot­ing false claims of Jewish rit­ual mur­der de­spite re­peated pleas by the Com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity Trust to have it re­moved.

The “truthabout­jews” page is reg­u­larly up­dated for more than 1,100 fol­low­ers. It in­cludes English trans­la­tions of dis­cred­ited Rus­sian ac­counts of bru­tal child deaths at the hand of Jews, as well as bizarre claims the Kab­balah move­ment openly mocks Chris­tian vic­tims of fake in­fant killings.

CST has con­firmed to the JC that it con­tacted Face­book on sev­eral oc­ca­sions to re­quest that the page be taken down for host­ing openly an­tisemitic ma­te­rial li­able to pro­voke ha­tred of Jews.

In Au­gust 2014 the page was re­moved for “breach of stan­dards”, only to reap­pear the fol­low­ing day.

A CST spokesman said: “We had ex­ten­sive dis­cus­sions with Face­book in Fe­bru­ary and March 2014 on their host­ing of the dis­gust­ing rit­ual mur­der page. We have raised it many times since, in­clud­ing last month, but Face­book refuse to shift.

“We have wasted a great deal of valu­able time and ef­fort with Face­book on this page and have been con­tacted about it many times by dis­tressed mem­bers of the pub­lic. This re­mains CST’s acid test of Face­book and an­tisemitism.”

Am­ber Rudd, the Home Sec­re­tary, sum­moned Google, Twit­ter and Face­book bosses to a meet­ing over on­line ex­trem­ism this week, hint­ing that a new counter-ter­ror­ism strat­egy could in­cor­po­rate pro­pos­als to en­force the speed­ier re­moval of hate videos.

Ms Rudd wrote in the Tele­graph: “Each at­tack con­firms again the role the in­ter­net is play­ing in serv­ing as a con­duit, in­cit­ing and in­spir­ing vi­o­lence, and spread­ing ex­trem­ist ide­ol­ogy of all kinds.”

In the wake of the West­min­ster ter­ror at­tack, Boris John­son, For­eign Sec­re­tary, joined the con­dem­na­tion of web com­pa­nies which run ad­ver­tise­ments along­side ex­trem­ist videos. He said: “They need to stop mak­ing money out of pruri­ent vi­o­lent ma­te­rial.”

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