WATCH: How And Why Facebook Can Be Sued In Israel
Facebook has a serious Jew hatred problem.
As I and countless other pro-Israel and Jewish online activists have discovered, it’s way too easy to have posts, pages or our entire accounts removed from Facebook. It’s a numbers game. All it takes is to raise the anger of the hordes of Jew haters and hundreds of mindless zombies will report you for a made up infraction and have your account suspended.
A simple pattern emerges: content and accounts are flagged, taken down and, if one is lucky, upon review by a real human they are reinstated. Though even that isn’t sure, it does seem in some cases a review can get a wrong result as happened in this case reported by Dov Lipman.
I’d like an individual (or a few separately) to sue Facebook in Israel on the grounds that publicly removing a page or banning/blocking a person amounts to a public shaming for unspecified violations of “community standards”. Because the community standards (no porn, no violent threats etc) are eminently sensible, if one is accused, tried and then publicly convicted of breaking them, it amounts to a slur on someone’s good character.
The point is taking a page down or banning someone who posts regularly for 24 hours both amount to public shaming. And that’s a very serious matter in Israel. Specifically in Israel this is defamatory and actionable in court without needing to prove and monetary damage. It’s an extension of the Jewish law of “lashon hara” and it’s very serious.
If you think this has a chance, and if you can offer directly relevant legal advice in Israel or (better still) you think you could help finance filing a suit (we’re probably talking somewhere in the region of $8,000 to $20,000) then perhaps this can be done!