Facebook, the world’s largest social network and one of the most popular websites on the internet, does not allow hateful and inciting content on its pages. Despite that, and despite having received many reports from users, Facebook does not remove some hate pages, among them anti-Israel pages that have popped up in large quantities over the past month amid Israel’s operation in Gaza.
But when one browses the social network, such hate pages are still going strong.
A page called I Hate Israel, for example, that has thousands of likes, was taken down for a short time following user reports, but has since been put back online. Its admin must be cautious not to post inciting messages, and instead focus on posting support messages to the residents of Gaza and calls to boycott Israel. Many other anti-Israel pages were launched after that.
Some pages are far more extreme, calling for “Death to Israel” or “Death to Zionists,” but Facebook hasn’t removed them either. A quick search shows you could still easily find these pages, which compare Israel’s policies to Nazism and call for its annihilation.
How to report an offensive page
Every page, profile, status, photo or any other type of content on Facebook has the option to report it.
To report offensive content, click the page’s menu (three dots) or the post’s menu (a small down-facing arrow) and click Report. Then, follow the stages illustrated below to report the content to Facebook’s team, who manually examine pages and decide what content abuses freedom of speech and has turned into bona fide hate speech.
You could also complain directly to Facebook. Since the social network handles a vast variety of queries from over one billion users, it’s hard to contact it directly, but there are several ways to do so. For example, through the help pages, or through comments and messages posted on Facebook’s own page.
Facebook: It’s a hard balance to strike
“Questionable content can be reported to Facebook using the link available with any page or post. A highly-skilled team of experts checks each report and removes content that breaks the rules. These experts work around the world in a variety of languages, including Hebrew, in a way that provides around-the-clock response to each report.”